Good morning, Lord!
I haven’t felt this good in a while, and I thank you for the lightness and enthusiasm I feel today! Thank you so much for working with me so closely yesterday, making my project turn out so well, with practically all my books compacted into one small area, ready for a MOVE! Thank you, Lord, for giving me such an awesome start to my future library, and thank you for allowing me time and energy and space in the house to sort all my books by subject and box them up accordingly. Please help me in the coming week to continue my pre-move organizing, next tackling my notebooks and papers, as well as my art supplies. I actually think it is quite awesome that I don’t have a bunch of clothes or trinkets to care for — I much prefer BOOKS! Thank you for caring for my heart, gentle Lord.
1 Peter 5:6-11 ERV
So be humble under God’s powerful hand. Then he will lift you up when the right time comes.
Give all your worries to him, because he cares for you.
Control yourselves and be careful! The devil is your enemy, and he goes around like a roaring lion looking for someone to attack and eat.
Refuse to follow the devil. Stand strong in your faith. You know that your brothers and sisters all over the world are having the same sufferings that you have.
Yes, you will suffer for a short time. But after that, God will make everything right. He will make you strong. He will support you and keep you from falling. He is the God who gives all grace. He chose you to share in his glory in Christ. That glory will continue forever.
All power is his forever. Amen.
I just love these verses. But then again, I feel so joyous this morning that I could probably love most things, lol. Still, I really do adore the word “careth”, as in “He careth for you” (KJV). And I am getting much from re-reading Hinds Feet on my phone, in little bits throughout the day, little moments when I have to sit and wait, or when I’m just taking a little break. Thank you, Lord, that you made me to live in this time when technology is so advanced that I can have entire libraries at my fingertips, hundreds if not thousands of books stored on “the Cloud” in my Amazon account, most of them free and ALL of them able to be downloaded to my phone or Kindle and carried around effortlessly. Truly I am wildly blessed! 😀
Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the good starts to this day, even though they were multiple. Thank you for the nice fellowship with my husband and thank you for working all things according to your will and purpose, Lord. Please help me in my work today, balancing several projects and areas of focus. Thank you for helping me learn how to live with the seemingly irreparable changes to my computer, and please help me to remain teachable and humble so I can learn more AND so I can make more changes and repairs as you guide me to do so. I give you my day, my computer, my work, my self, Lord. Thank you for choosing me! 😀
2 Peter 1:10-21 ERV
My brothers and sisters, God called you and chose you to be his. Do your best to live in a way that shows you really are God’s called and chosen people. If you do all this, you will never fall.
And you will be given a very great welcome into the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, a kingdom that never ends.
You already know these things. You are very strong in the truth you have. But I am always going to help you remember them.
While I am still living here on earth, I think it is right for me to remind you of them.
I know that I must soon leave this body. Our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that.
I will try my best to make sure you remember these things even after I am gone.
We told you about the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. We told you about his coming. The things we told you were not just clever stories that people invented. No, we saw the greatness of Jesus with our own eyes.
Jesus heard the voice of the great and glorious God. That was when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice said, “This is my Son, the one I love. I am very pleased with him.”
And we heard that voice. It came from heaven while we were with Jesus on the holy mountain.
This makes us more sure about what the prophets said. And it is good for you to follow closely what they said, which is like a light shining in a dark place. You have that light until the day begins and the morning star brings new light to your minds.
Most important of all, you must understand this: No prophecy in the Scriptures comes from the prophet’s own understanding.
No prophecy ever came from what some person wanted to say. But people were led by the Holy Spirit and spoke words from God.
Lord, I thank you for the freedom I have as your child. I ask you to help me to never take that freedom and blessing for granted, but help me to be sober and wise and choose to live in a way that pleases you. I look forward to the day when I can stand in your presence, and be welcomed into your Kingdom. Until then, Lord, let me serve you and your people in whatever way you will for me to do. Guide me, Shepherd, and continue to prune things out of my life and my heart that get in the way of your work in me. Thank you, Mighty Lord!
Lord, I give my computer and the work I do on it to you. I thank you for helping me get internet back on it yesterday after hours of troubleshooting, and I pray that you help me fix the last couple problems it is having. Father, I also thank you for your mercy in helping my husband to get his work truck fixed yesterday, and I thank you for providing just enough money to do so. Father, I would still like to pay back the money we borrowed from people in the spring, and I ask you to make a way for us to do that. Guide us in what to do with the little bits of money that we do get, and help us be faithful to do what YOU would have us do, Lord. Amen!
Romans 6:1-6 ERV
So do you think we should continue sinning so that God will give us more and more grace?
Of course not! Our old sinful life ended. It’s dead. So how can we continue living in sin?
Did you forget that all of us became part of Christ Jesus when we were baptized? In our baptism we shared in his death.
So when we were baptized, we were buried with Christ and took part in his death. And just as Christ was raised from death by the wonderful power of the Father, so we can now live a new life.
Christ died, and we have been joined with him by dying too. So we will also be joined with him by rising from death as he did.
We know that our old life was put to death on the cross with Christ. This happened so that our sinful selves would have no power over us. Then we would not be slaves to sin.
I’m not sure why, but this morning I really feel joy at the thought of being buried with Christ, when I could not before. Perhaps it is because I have been rereading “Hinds Feet on High Places” by Hannah Hurnard — on my phone! — lately. Or perhaps it is just growth. But either way, I can feel the FREEDOM of serving the Shepherd, following Him even through the dark valleys and dismal plains. And I definitely am rejoicing lately at the growing freedom from the sinful self. I may have a long, long way to go, but in the 44 years I have lived upon this earth, I have known the Shepherd for 41 of those, and in those four decades plus, my flesh has been irrevocably branded with these words: God is Faithful! 😀
Good morning, Father.
Thank you for helping me get an early start to this day, and please help me fix the problems with mine AND my daughter’s computers! Please help me to stay calm and to stay open to your guidance. Show me what really is critical, and what I can let go. Give me wisdom and patience, Lord. And help me get OTHER things done today, not just have to waste more time on computer repair! 🙁
James 1:2-7 ERV
My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy.
You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering.
If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be.
Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom.
But when you ask God, you must believe. Don’t doubt him. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is blown up and down by the wind.
People like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.
Lord, I thank you for the patience you have helped me achieve so far, and I ask you to help me to keep growing in this area. I am grateful for the amount of calm I have already, and I ask you to keep teaching me more about staying calm, giving me just the right amount of practice and success and challenge. Father, I thank you for your Holy Spirit and for the incomparable gift of your Son. I give this day to you. I give you my mind, my heart, my spirit, my body, my time. Mold me into a vessel that is pleasing to you. Amen!
Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the chance to visit my son again today, and please guide me in the best time to go, to catch a break from this storm. Father, I thank you for the deep, powerful sleeps I’ve been having lately, and please heal my body and help me know how to balance the crazy hormones so they don’t get toooo distracting. Thank you for teaching me new skills to stay calm and accepting of your will, even when I don’t understand it or don’t all the way trust your timing. Father, please help me to remember just how awesomely faithful you are, so I can trust you completely in all things. Amen! 😀
Colossians 3:10-17 ERV
Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of the one who made you. You are becoming more and more like him.
In this new life it doesn’t matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, circumcised or not. It doesn’t matter if you speak a different language or even if you are a Scythian. It doesn’t matter if you are a slave or free. Christ is all that matters, and he is in all of you.
God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient.
Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you.
Together with these things, the most important part of your new life is to love each other. Love is what holds everything together in perfect unity.
Let the peace that Christ gives control your thinking. It is for peace that you were chosen to be together in one body. And always be thankful.
Let the teaching of Christ live inside you richly. Use all wisdom to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Everything you say and everything you do should be done for Jesus your Lord. And in all you do, give thanks to God the Father through Jesus.
Thank you, Lord, for all your awesome blessings! Please continue to prune things out of my life and my heart, cleansing me and making room for YOUR will and your Word to to dwell richly within me. Help me to love more and speak less. Thank you, Shepherd!
Another weird day, Lord. Thank you, though, for the deep sleep and for shaking up my daily routine this week, so that I don’t get too comfortable and complacent. Thank you for keeping me more alert and aware, and thank you for guiding me into greater acceptance of the situations I find myself in, trusting you more and more all the time, Lord. Please continue your work in me, pruning away things that get in the way of the growth that you are working in me, and teaching me how to relax and play in the puddles, so to speak. Teach me more, Lord, and help me to STAY humble and teachable!
Proverbs 16:16-23 ERV
Wisdom is worth much more than gold. Understanding is worth much more than silver.
Good people try to avoid evil. They watch what they do and protect themselves.
Pride is the first step toward destruction. Proud thoughts will lead you to defeat.
It is better to be a humble person living among the poor than to share the wealth among the proud.
Good things happen to those who learn from their experiences, and the LORD blesses those who trust him.
People will know if someone is wise. Those who choose their words carefully can be very convincing.
Good sense is a spring of fresh water to those who have it, but fools can offer only foolishness.
Wise people always think before they speak, so what they say is worth listening to.
Lord, once again I ask you to help me to speak less and speak much more mindfully, carefully, when I do speak. I definitely see much improvement in this area lately, but I know I need a LOT more practice!! Thank you, Shepherd, for the opportunities that you WILL provide for me to give my tongue to you. Help me to grow in all the ways you have for me, Lord, and help me to be humble and courageous and wise. Amen!
Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for providing for my husband, taking some weight off his shoulders and giving him more hope. Thank you for choosing us, and taking care of us. Lord, I give you my heart and all its crazy inconsistencies, how I can feel so strong one moment and so weepy the next. I don’t know if it’s my hormones acting up again, or something else. But I don’t need to know the cause, because I know the cure is keeping my eyes on you and realizing that both emotions and thoughts are just passing things that I experience — they are not me, and they are not necessarily true or worthy of my attention. Thank you for helping me see this, Lord, and please help me to remember and to apply this understanding. Amen.
Romans 11:16-22 ERV
If the first piece of bread is offered to God, then the whole loaf is made holy. If the roots of a tree are holy, the tree’s branches are holy too.
It is as if some of the branches from an olive tree have been broken off, and the branch of a wild olive tree has been joined to that first tree. If you are not a Jew, you are the same as that wild branch, and you now share the strength and life of the first tree.
But don’t act as if you are better than those branches that were broken off. You have no reason to be proud of yourself, because you don’t give life to the root. The root gives life to you.
You might say, “Branches were broken off so that I could be joined to their tree.”
That is true. But those branches were broken off because they did not believe. And you continue to be part of the tree only because you believe. Don’t be proud, but be afraid.
If God did not let the natural branches of that tree stay, he will not let you stay if you stop believing.
So you see that God is kind, but he can also be very strict. He punishes those who stop following him. But he is kind to you, if you continue trusting in his kindness. If you don’t continue depending on him, you will be cut off from the tree.
Lord, I thank you for making me part of your tree. Please help me to continue believing in your faithfulness, trusting you and following you. Please let your perfect love cast away all my fears. Thank you, Mighty Shepherd!
Thank you for seeing and caring about what I am going through. Thank you for the measure of peace and assurance you have been giving me, to keep me sane and keep me looking to you. Father, I lay my troubled heart in your hands and give my whole self to you. Please take care of me, and help me grow.
Psalm 34:17-20 ERV
Pray to the LORD, and he will hear you. He will save you from all your troubles.
The LORD is close to those who have suffered disappointment. He saves those who are discouraged.
Good people might have many problems, but the LORD will take them all away.
He will protect them completely. Not one of their bones will be broken.
Psalm 51:15-17 ERV
My Lord, I will open my mouth and sing your praises!
You don’t really want sacrifices, or I would give them to you.
The sacrifice that God wants is a humble spirit. God, you will not turn away someone who comes with a humble heart and is willing to obey you.
Good morning, Father.
Thank you for my excitement and motivation yesterday. Thank you for helping me remember to look at things with new eyes, like everything is new and good and deserves a chance. Thank you for teaching me to withhold judgement on any event or circumstance, just letting things play out as they will, trying to just accept things as they are. This helps me to focus on the things I CAN change — my own behavior and thoughts and attitudes. It also helps me to trust you more, Lord, to wait on you and give you a chance to make all things good, for your glory. Please increase my patience and my faith, Lord. Amen.
2 Thessalonians 2:13-16 ERV
Brothers and sisters, you are people the Lord loves. And we always thank God for you. That’s what we should do, because God chose you to be some of the first people to be saved. You are saved by the Spirit making you holy and by your faith in the truth.
God chose you to have that salvation. He chose you by using the Good News that we told you. You were chosen so that you can share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, brothers and sisters, stand strong and continue to believe the teachings we gave you when we were there and by letter.
We pray that the Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father will comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. God loved us and gave us through his grace a wonderful hope and comfort that has no end.
Lord, I thank you for choosing me. I thank you for your awesome hope and comfort that have no end. I believe in your goodness, your faithfulness, your righteousness. You are a King worthy to be served, a Master worthy to be honored and a God worthy to be praised. I give this day to you, Lord. I give you my heart, my mind, my hands, my lips, my will. Guide me in how to be pleasing to you THIS day. Thank you, Father!
Good morning, Father.
Thank you for loving me, and thank you for being so patient and so gentle with me, especially while my Little Ones have been so close to the surface lately, dealing with the latest wave of healing. Father, help me to not be deceived or distracted by my internal state of affairs. Help me to have the discernment to know when you are working on me and I need to lay aside my work, and when the enemy is just trying to manipulate me to steal my fruit. Let me work as unto YOU, for your glory and to be pleasing and fruitful for YOU. Thank you, Father!
Psalm 18:1-19 ERV
To the director: A song of David, the LORD’S servant. He sang this song to the LORD when the LORD saved him from Saul and all his other enemies. I love you, LORD! You are my strength.
The LORD is my Rock, my fortress, my place of safety. He is my God, the Rock I run to for protection. He is my shield; by his power I am saved. He is my hiding place high in the hills.
I called to the LORD for help, and he saved me from my enemies! He is worthy of my praise!
Death had its ropes wrapped around me. A deadly flood was carrying me away.
The ropes of the grave wrapped around me. Death set its trap right there in front of me.
In my trouble I called to the LORD. Yes, I cried out to my God for help. There in his temple he heard my voice. He heard my cry for help.
The earth shook and shivered. The foundations of the mountains trembled. They shook because he was angry.
Smoke came from his nose. Burning flames came from his mouth. Red-hot coals fell from him.
He tore open the sky and came down! He stood on a thick, dark cloud.
He flew across the sky, riding on a Cherub angel racing on the wings of the wind.
He wrapped himself in darkness that covered him like a tent. He was hidden by dark clouds heavy with water.
Out of the brightness before him, hail broke through the clouds with flashes of lightning.
The LORD thundered from the sky; God Most High let his voice be heard.
He scattered his enemies with his arrows– the lightning bolts that threw them into confusion.
LORD, you shouted your command, and a powerful wind began to blow. Then the bottom of the sea could be seen, and the earth’s foundations were uncovered.
He reached down from above and grabbed me. He pulled me from the deep water.
He saved me from my powerful enemies, who hated me. They were too strong for me, so he saved me.
They attacked me in my time of trouble, but the LORD was there to support me.
He was pleased with me, so he rescued me. He took me to a safe place.
Lord, I thank you for rescuing me when I was a young child, not giving me more than I could bear, and keeping me supple and forgiving, rather than hard and vengeful. Thank you for bringing me to your safe place, and giving me a chance to be pleasing to you. Heal my heart and mind, Oh Lord, and make me whole. Continue your work in me, bringing me ever closer to whatever plans you have for me here on this Earth. Lead on, Shepherd! 😀
Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for humbling me, helping me to see how very little I need in order to be content. It seems all I REALLY need is you, and perhaps some quiet time to sit with you and gather strength. I am grateful that I am not dependent upon very many luxuries of life, and that even those I am accustomed to are relatively few. Please keep me humble and teachable, Lord. And help me to always have gratitude in my heart and a praise for you upon my lips. Amen!
Hebrews 13:14-16 ERV
Here on earth we don’t have a city that lasts forever. But we are waiting for the city that we will have in the future.
So through Jesus we should never stop offering our sacrifice to God. That sacrifice is our praise, coming from lips that speak his name.
And don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with others, because sacrifices like these are very pleasing to God.
Lord, please reveal to me what I have that I can share with others. Show me what to focus on in my work, and help me to see past what I THINK I should work on. Help me to choose your path for my life, at all the critical moments that make a difference. Guide me in right living for you, so that I may be found faithful to the end. Thank you, Shepherd, for your awesome love and care, and thank you for taking such good care of my family as well. Please bless my friend in New York, help her through her own rough times, to emerge into the glorious light of your peace and joy. Thank you for choosing us, Lord. Thank you for making the Way. And thank you for accepting us how we are and continuing your work in us! 😀
What a weird day so far! Crazy that it is 2pm before I even have a chance to sit down at my own computer and type! Lord, please guide me on how to complete repairs of my daughter’s computer, and thank you for the success we’ve had already so far, in the last few days. Show me which graphics card to get for it, or lead me to a workaround for the one she has. And Lord, please help me to catch up a bit on the time I’ve lost to computer repair — please just cover it for me, in the caring way that you do. Thank you, Shepherd!
Titus 3:14 ERV
Our people must learn to use their lives for doing good and helping anyone who has a need. Then they will not have empty lives.
Galatians 6:9-10 ERV
We must not get tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time. We must not give up.
When we have the opportunity to do good to anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers.
Thank you, God, for these encouraging verses that are comforting my heart today. Lord, I do thank you for making at least someone in the family able to work on computers, and making most of us know enough to get by, as we have never had to resort to taking one of them into a professional and pay money to have them fixed. However, I must admit that I REALLY do not like being the go-to girl for this sort of thing, especially when dealing with pesky software and its endless updates! I’d rather build an entire computer from scratch again than try to revive this 5-year-old machine. Still, I appreciate this challenge and I ask you to give me wisdom and enduring patience to continue to do good and meet the needs of my family. Thank you for your patient help, Lord.
Good morning, Father!
Thank you for getting me up bright and early on this Sabbath morning, and thank you for the excitement and motivation I have today! Please be with my husband in his work today, Lord. Keep him safe and keep his body strong. Please increase my income AND give him something to do for work that is less taxing on his body, Lord. Thank you for using this time to draw him closer to you though! Please be with each of my children today also, Lord. Continue to work in our lives, pruning and planting and nurturing fruit for your glory, in each of our “gardens”, Lord. Thank you for your awesome faithful care! 😀
Galatians 5:22-26 ERV
But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their sinful self. They have given up their old selfish feelings and the evil things they wanted to do.
We get our new life from the Spirit, so we should follow the Spirit.
We must not feel proud and boast about ourselves. We must not cause trouble for each other or be jealous of each other.
Lord please grow your fruit in me, and make me more and more productive and pleasing to you. Thank you for teaching me how to accept things however they are, without as much struggle and resistance and with greater patience and calmness. Let the Truth of your Word set me more and more free from the traps of the flesh and the desires it has which are contrary to what YOU would have me to focus on — your life-giving Word and Spirit! Lord, I give this day to you. Please guide me and give me the humility and courage I need to do your will today. Amen!
Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for the productive day yesterday, and the new system of time management you have guided me through. I like the way I can expand or contract it, change it up as needed, yet motivate myself with it and use it to stay on track! Thank you for Evernote and the personal customization you have helped me develop for it, Lord, step by step and note by note. 😀
2 Timothy 2:15 ERV
Do your best to be the kind of person God will accept, and give yourself to him. Be a worker who has no reason to be ashamed of his work, one who applies the true teaching in the right way.
2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
I still prefer the King James here, especially in cases like this where the verse itself is so familiar, in the KJV wording, that it is like an old friend. 🙂
Just to satisfy my own curiosity this morning, I’d like to break this verse down into its component Greek parts:
Study = spoudazo = be diligent
to shew thyself = exhibit or recommend (present) yourself
approved unto God = (accepted)
a workman = ergates = a toiler OR a teacher!
that needeth not to be ashamed = (free from shame)
rightly dividing = orthotomeo = make a straight cut or dissect (expound) correctly
the Word of Truth = logos aletheia = true utterance or reasoning
Okay, that is a bit lengthy, but let me try to piece this together, for my own personal translation:
Be diligent to present yourself as a worker and teacher who is accepted by God.
You are free from shame as you systematically interpret (=expound) God’s Word.
Since the next verse (2:16) mentions people who talk about useless things that are not of God, I believe the true emphasis of this verse is upon the Word of Truth as opposed to the dividing or expounding upon or interpreting it. In other words, it seems like Paul is simply just exhorting his pupil Timothy to be bold in preaching God’s Word, remembering that he is accepted by God and that focusing so continuously upon God’s Truth is the right thing to do.
How different from what I originally thought this verse was about!! I always thought the emphasis was on the word STUDY, and perhaps secondarily on WORKMAN and ACCEPTED. But this verse is obviously not so much a pat on the back for the intellectual who enjoys studying (like me!), but rather the emphasis is upon the Word of Truth and the appropriateness of focusing on IT — rather than upon our own work or intellectual endeavors, lol!
Good morning, Father.
Thank you for drawing me closer and giving me guidance, including a new way to organize my time and energy. Please bless my efforts, Lord, make me more productive and fruitful for YOU! Father, please be with my husband and daughter today as they attempt to complete the remodeling of my husband’s truck camper. Please give them wisdom and strength of body to complete the project the way YOU would have it be done, in your wisdom and to your purpose, for your glory. Father, please be the Master of this household and guide us in the directions you would have us go, and guide us in our work to do all things for you, instead of for any temporal reward. Amen!
Romans 8:14-21 ERV
The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them.
The Spirit that we received is not a spirit that makes us slaves again and causes us to fear. The Spirit that we have makes us God’s chosen children. And with that Spirit we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
And the Spirit himself speaks to our spirits and makes us sure that we are God’s children.
If we are God’s children, we will get the blessings God has for his people. He will give us all that he has given Christ. But we must suffer like Christ suffered. Then we will be able to share his glory.
We have sufferings now, but these are nothing compared to the great glory that will be given to us.
Everything that God made is waiting with excitement for the time when he will show the world who his children are. The whole world wants very much for that to happen.
Everything God made was allowed to become like something that cannot fulfill its purpose. That was not its choice, but God made it happen with this hope in view:
That the creation would be made free from ruin–that everything God made would have the same freedom and glory that belong to God’s children.
It is always hard to trim down the verse list from Romans 8! I think I’ve used this chapter of Romans before, perhaps more than once, but it is just so loaded with awesomeness, it’s hard to pass over whenever I read it again. I LOVE how the Spirit speaks to my spirit, and I am so blessed to be one of God’s children! And I super-adore His creation, and am likewise eagerly waiting for the time when not only are His children revealed to all, but when His creation will be set free as well…! How awesome with THAT be?! What an awe-inspiring thought! Lord, help me to be faithful to the end, looking forward with hope and expectation to the day of this great Awesomeness! 😀
Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for your presence in my life, without which I would have been long ago dead. Thank you for your intervention in my life and in the lives of my husband and children, Lord. Thank you for your faithful care and longsuffering with us, all these years. Father, I do not know what lies ahead for us in the coming years, but I pray that you help me find a settled place to sit upon your Rock, so that I can remain calm and be a stabilizing force in the lives of my family, able to share your love with them and give them comfort and encouragement. Father, I ask you to show me whom else to give your love and encouragement to, outside of my family. Show me where to go, and when — and give me the wisdom and discernment to hear and obey your voice. Amen!
Isaiah 6:8 ERV
Then I heard the Lord’s voice, saying, “Who can I send? Who will go for us?” So I said, “Here I am. Send me!”
Psalm 27:4-5 ERV
I ask only one thing from the LORD. This is what I want most: Let me live in the LORD’S house all my life, enjoying the LORD’S beauty and spending time in his palace.
He will protect me when I am in danger. He will hide me in his tent. He will take me up to his place of safety.
Father, I feel just a little bit “lost” today, with no real clear-cut tasks to complete or projects to work on. There are three main ones that come to mind, but I do not know which are YOUR priorities. I give you my time and my day, my eyes and my hands and my mind, Lord. Please guide me in what YOU would have me work on, a moment at a time. Thank you for your faithful guidance, Shepherd! 😀
Good morning, Father.
Thank you for your enduring patience and care. Please continue healing me and drawing me back close to you, holding nothing back and yielding all of me to you. I trust you, Lord. Help me to let go of all the small sticky spots, those isolated corners where I hang onto my earthly desires. More and more, I am realizing that even if all of my own dreams do not come true, YOUR plans for me will be much, much better. I give you my heart, Oh Lord. I give you my life, my time, my mind, my body. Teach me how to be more obedient and pleasing to you, my Shepherd. Amen!
Romans 6:12-18 ERV
But don’t let sin control your life here on earth. You must not be ruled by the things your sinful self makes you want to do.
Don’t offer the parts of your body to serve sin. Don’t use your bodies to do evil, but offer yourselves to God, as people who have died and now live. Offer the parts of your body to God to be used for doing good.
Sin will not be your master, because you are not under law. You now live under God’s grace.
So what should we do? Should we sin because we are under grace and not under law? Certainly not!
Surely you know that you become the slaves of whatever you give yourselves to. Anything or anyone you follow will be your master. You can follow sin, or you can obey God. Following sin brings spiritual death, but obeying God makes you right with him.
In the past you were slaves to sin–sin controlled you. But thank God, you fully obeyed what you were taught.
You were made free from sin, and now you are slaves to what is right.
Lord, I give myself to you. I am your slave. And I am a slave to your will and purpose. I am a garden where you tread, plucking up the weeds that I may THINK are lovely, but that hinder your work in me. You plant new seeds sometimes, and you water me every day. Perhaps some day, I will be in full bloom for you, and I will be mature and ready to come HOME to you. For now, help me to be content with your pruning and happy to have you as the Master of my garden for all time. Show me how I can serve you, Master. Amen!
Good morning, Father!
Thank you for the nice visit with my son last night, and thank you so much for helping me find some more of my joy, over the last 20 hours or so, even during the night! Thank you for the strange but okay dreams, making me feel like I slept very deeply. Thank you for time with my husband. And thank you for introducing me to Evernote, and showing me how I can use it to organize many aspects of my life — personal and “professional”. Please continue to heal me, and thank you for showing me a little bit more about what is going on inside me. Please help me to hand over the last of the pieces of my heart that I am scared to relinquish. Help me to trust you completely. Amen!
Isaiah 26:2-7 ERV
Open the gates for the good people to enter. They are the God’s faithful followers.
God, you give true peace to people who depend on you, to those who trust in you.
So trust the LORD always, because in the LORD YAH you have a place of safety forever.
But he will destroy the proud city and punish those who live there. He will throw that high city down to the ground. It will fall into the dust.
Then poor and humble people will walk on those ruins.
Honesty is the path good people follow. They follow the path that is straight and true. And God, you make that way smooth and easy to follow.
Lord, I know that you keep me safe, and always have. My body may have been very badly damaged, enough that I am still suffering the effects today, as I get older. But you kept my heart and mind safe, protected from the evil that was all around me. You didn’t let my heart grow cold, or bitter. Today, you protect me from being completely drained out by having to work a job where I am around people and commotion and constantly overstimulated. You allow me to work at home, and I trust you to keep increasing my income. Help me to trust you with everything, Lord — even those desires of my heart that I am mourning the possibility (or probability) of losing, preparing to hand them over to you and desire you MORE than those things. I do not need to garden, I do not need horses, I do not even need to be given the privilege of visiting all of my children or of having a respectable career or a clean place to live or a wetland I can visit regularly. All I really do need is you, because you are capable of filling me completely, so that I do not miss a thing — I am perfectly content. I KNOW this, Lord. I confess it to you. Help me to ACT on it, Lord, and actively hand all these things over to you, trusting you to make my heart content, even if I do not ever have any of them. Thank you, Lord.
Good morning, Father.
Thank you for the nice morning walk in the misty rain, coming back home and it still being only 69 degrees outside — cool enough to open the window and the door! Father, my heart still aches, like my best friend has betrayed me or is mad at me. I know you are still caring for me, Lord. I just hurt, feeling like your Garbage instead of your beloved child. Help me to break free of this self-pity and sorrow, Lord. Help me to rejoice in your love once again, and to trust you fully with my heart. Amen.
Jeremiah 17:9-14 ERV
“Nothing can hide its evil as well as the human mind. It can be very sick, and no one really understands it.
But I am the LORD, and I can look into a person’s heart. I can test a person’s mind and decide what each one should have. I can give each person the right payment for what they do.
Sometimes a bird will hatch an egg that it did not lay. Those who cheat to get money are like that bird. But when their lives are half finished, they will lose the money. At the end of their lives, it will be clear that they were fools.”
From the very beginning, our Temple has been a glorious throne for God. It is a very important place.
LORD, you are the hope of Israel. You are like a spring of living water. Those who stop following the LORD will have a very short life.
LORD, if you heal me, I surely will be healed. Save me, and I surely will be saved. Lord, I praise you!
Lord, I cannot see any obvious evil in my heart, and I’ve already stopped doing the thing which you said was robbing me of some of my fruit. Still, I feel heartsick, weepy, unloved. Perhaps my unbelief, my lack of faith in your caring for my heart, is the evil you wish me to see. Lord, please help me let go of it. Help me to STOP foolishly trying to protect myself from the very One who is my Creator, my Comforter, my Lord. I lift my heart to you, Lord.