Overcomer

Thank You, Father, for Your presence. I cherish these times of special interaction but I am also grateful that You are with me 24/7. I would ask that I would have an ongoing realization of that fact throughout each and every day. Please be a guiding force in every moment of my life.

Philippians 4:10-23 (<< click here)

“…be content with whatever I have” v11b

“…I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” v13

“…God…will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” v19

Contentment…no limits to what we can do through Christ with the limitless resources found only in Him!

Ok, Lord, first things first…I’m sorry about my attitudes reactions in certain situations when in the van with my family…please forgive me. I sure need to tap in to this “contentment” thing! I realize that I’m a work in progress but this area of my life needs to be addressed.

Why does this part of my life result in anger so often? I know part of it is being called out for my anger is like throwing fuel on the fire – not just a chunk of wood but gasoline! It probably has to do with control and insecurity but whatever it’s rooted in – it needs to stop!

I am richly blessed in so many areas of my life – abundantly so! Why should one really insignificant area of my life (interacting with other vehicles on the road) rob me of the contentment I should feel? Just because others don’t measure up to my standards on the highway should not cause me to lose it! And when my sin is pointed out I shouldn’t blow up!

OK, Lord, this is yet another problem pointing in my life that, obviously, I cannot deal with on my own. I need You to give me the strength to overcome it and conquer it! There is no limit to what I can accomplish through You. I would humbly ask that out of Your “glorious riches” You would grant me extra doses of patience and peace…the “passes understanding” kind! Help me to see it, my struggle – my sin, for what it is and to shut it down by giving it over to You.

Christ in my life, You “must increase, but I must decrease” John 3:30 NASB That’s the only solution!

June 4th, Thurs, 7:30 am

Fix My Thoughts

 

I’m sorry it’s taken me a bit to get to this point this morning. Sometimes doing other things interjects random thoughts in my mind as I go through our time together, Father. Help me to focus on You and to glean from our time together what You need me to know.

Philippians 4:8-9 (<<click here)

Lord, how appropriate this passage is today. Our world is so full of distractions. Sometimes they are innocent enough, but they take time that is designated for other more important things (Facebook!) Sometimes they play on our weaknesses and lure us into things that are detrimental to our relationship with You. Sometimes these things are subtle, a harmless show – then a commercial pops up and that seed is planted in our mind. Sometimes our own minds truck down the path of destruction. A brief thought pricks our mind and we dwell on it, we mull it over…and look at it…examining it from different angles. You send warning flares up and we turn our backs. Before you know it we are up to our necks in trouble. So how do we avoid this oft repeated scenario? We’re “fixing our thoughts” in the wrong direction.

Through Paul You tell us in the passage to “fix our thoughts on what is true…admirable.” We are to “think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” What goes in is what’s going to come out. We can’t expect to put garbage in and to get purity out. A nice clean glass of pure water can be ruined with just a pinch of dirt. Help us not to soil our hearts.

Then also we are called to “fix our thoughts on” good stuff but if we don’t put it in to action how are we the better for it? Just as sin can flutter thru our mind and if we reject it and don’t act upon it – we’re good. But if we play with it and act on it – we get hurt.

Just as sin impacts us this way Paul’s list can impact us, as well – or not. Good can flutter thru our mind and if we reject it and don’t act upon it – we either hurt ourselves or others by not running with what positive and encouraging things could have come out of our actions.

It is much more, it being our fellowship with You and the outcome of that relationship, it is much more than good thoughts. Action is a requirement. Long term impact in our lives and in the lives of others depends on us acting on Your guidance and direction, as a result of filling our hearts and minds with what “is true and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.” When we “think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” and put those things “into practice” then that’s when You, Lord, “the God of peace will be with [us].” And again it’s a “peace that passes understanding.” Thank You, Lord for Your love and patience as we learn to follow You.

June 3rd, Wed, 7:11 am

Why Me? Will It Ever Stop?!

Good morning, Father! Forgive me for the wandering of my thoughts last night, but thank You for helping me to cast them from my mind. And in that arena, for sure all the glory goes to You! Not that long ago I would have been like a runaway train heading for a horrendous crash and burn…but not this time. Thank You, Holy Spirit for giving me the fortitude to overcome.

Philippians 4:7 (<<click here)

To worry less – pray more! Lord, doing this will bring about a peace found only in You and as the old translation reads, it will be a “peace that passes all understanding”– from the world’s perspective, it makes no sense!

Something has been rattling around in my head for some time – as Your children, how do we respond to the absolutely horrific thing’s this life thrust upon us? Death, disease, heartache, financial woes, loss, and rejection – the list goes on and on. We cry out, “Why me!?” “Will it ever stop?!”

Now Your Word tells us in Romans 8:28 that “… in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” NIV So the question we deal with then is, how does all of this gel? If You love us why do we experience so much pain in life? And how does pain which is included in the “all things” of Romans 8:28 work for our good? Again going to Your Word tells us in order to stress less we must pray more and that will bring about a peace that is beyond comprehension.

First of all, You do not bring about the pain. We, the whole of humanity, have brought that upon ourselves. Eve’s yielding to sin started it and every one of us since has perpetuated that sin – our depravity knows no end. Our great propensity for wondrous creativity from being created in Your likeness has been pushed to all limits by our perversion and wickedness. We have so polluted the world with our rebellion that inevitably we encounter pain.

Secondly, because You love us so much – which is proven by the fact of how far You went to bring us back into right relationship with You – the giving of yourself to the point of a horrific death at our hands – because You love us so much You can take all that is ugly and revolting about ourselves and our lives and make it good! The impossible becomes possible!

Lord, most of us would have no problem acknowledging these two points through most of the ebb and flow of life. But when those times of pain and suffering are so intense that we feel like we are going doing for the count, is the answer to worry (which seems like an awfully small word in this context) less and pray more? ‘That’s it?’ we yell? ‘With all Your power and might and “love”, that’s all You have to offer?’ And Your answer is…a resounding ‘YES!!’

We absolutely cannot wrap our minds around it, but giving ourselves over to You and praying in place of worrying brings us peace – not peace of the world which is shallow and, oh so temporary, but Your peace. Your peace is deep, and rich and most importantly – never ending!!

Miraculously, You take the absolute worst of our lives and bring the absolute best out of it! From a worldly perspective – it makes no sense at all, but Your peace is not of this world. Being Your children, whom You love, You give it to us freely and in abundance!! Lord, all the praise goes to You for this awesomely overwhelming gift!! In the midst of the hurricanes of life – You are there – solid and strong- FOR US!!

Help us, Lord, to trust in You – to throw ourselves into Your mighty arms. Give us Your peace we plea! When we do so the glory will be given to You! Others will ask how we do it and we can proclaim that it’s only because of You!! You are our only answer to everything this old world has to throw at us!  Even if death is what is thrown our way, yes, even death, You are the answer – being escorted into Your presence, what could be better?

Praise You Lord!! Strengthen us!  Enable us!  Empower us!! Use us through all of life to hold our lights high, showing the world that there is HOPE and LIFE found only in You! AMEN!

June 2nd, Tues, 8:07am

Let’s See What God Will Do

I’ve been fighting this all week but I feel that I need to encourage those who are reading my blog to make sure you do so tomorrow. All of us have pain and suffering in our lives and many of us question why. I surely don’t have all the answers but I know Someone who truly does. Tomorrow’s post is entitled “Why Me? Will It Ever Stop?” and it addresses those questions.  I feel there may be someone out there who needs these encouraging words and I want them to have every opportunity to be at least pointed in the right direction. Please feel free to make others aware of it and lets see what God will do. God bless!

What? Me Worry?

Thank You, Father, for a wonderful day yesterday!  I enjoyed our worship times and am so grateful that we could feel Your presence there. Please, help me more and more to come in time with You…with what You want to take place at both Beulah and Liberty Chapel. Also, thank You for such a great day with Karen and Massey, I cherish our times together! As life marches on, these times, as You well know, get farther and farther apart. Bless our time with one another; Help us savor every moment, Father, thank You for my family!

Philippians 4:6 (<<click here)

“Don’t worry about anything: instead pray about everything.” v6a

I sit here worrying about how to respond to this passage. I sit here praying about how to respond to this passage. That’s just crazy! As I read this passage, my first thought was, “I don’t worry that much.” Now maybe there are things I don’t worry about that others do but I do worry about things. Some of those things to others would be silly. Like, many times I would really like responding to people’s posts on Facebook – I find things inspiring or sometimes posts just touch me, they make me think, they make me realize important things, they bring tears to my eyes. But then I worry, what should I say, how should I say it, will they think I’m stupid, or odd or that I’m out of touch with reality or that I’m putting too much in to what they were saying. And this can occupy my thoughts for hours. That’s just crazy!

Lord, help me…Your Word says, “Don’t worry about anything.” Guide my thoughts and actions in directions that will impact Your kingdom. If something I can say or do will draw someone to You or shed a ray of light into the darkness of this world or will provide others with a quick embrace of Your love… so be it.

Jesus, help me to pray – and act – worrying just keeps the wheels spinning but gets me, nor Your kingdom anywhere.

Lord, You surely work in wonderful ways! I’ve told You “what [I] need” v6b And right now “I thank you for all you have done” v6c and all You will do. You love me and You want me to succeed – not success as the world defines it, but success in that I will more and more fulfill my role as Your child – bringing glory to Your name!

June 1st, Mon, 8:28 am

Doing it right for once.