Dribble Down the Front

Father, I am so grateful that You are here with me. I struggle sometimes to get here, to think, to pray, to write, to stay awake even. But You? You are rock solid. You never give up on me. You are my biggest cheerleader. You want me to succeed. Plain and simple – You love me! Thank You…

1 Peter 1:4-5 (<<click here)

Sometimes, Lord, it feels like we make a mess of everything we touch. And then that voice (not Your voice but another) pops in our head and says, “See this is why you can’t have nice things!” It’s like getting a nice, special shirt from a loved one and the first time we wear it we dribble spaghetti sauce down the front of it.

Now of course, before we even really know what we’re doing our lives are soiled by sin. But we learn of Your love for us and the forgiveness that is extended and when we embrace it we are clean…really clean – only because of You… And what a glorious time that is! But at some point, sin makes itself available and before we know it we bite off a chunk and it dribbles down our freshly cleaned soul. We may fail but You, Lord, are always at the ready to clean us up again. Talk about a stain buster! Lord, thank You for Your “indescribable gift”! 2 Corinthians 9:15

I am so grateful that my opening prayer is true but Peter’s writing brings a new thought to mind. For those who choose to embrace You,

“…we have a priceless inheritance…that is kept in heaven…pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through Your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.”

Lord, we may struggle. The very nature of our lives is a constant battle against getting down and dirty… and sometimes it feels we are dirty more than we are clean. But those who love You, have an inheritance, kept in heaven “pure and undefiled.” All praise to You, Lord and Savior. Jesus, thank You for my inheritance! Enable me to stay the course. Strengthen me to live for You every moment. Amen.

Oct 17th, Mon, 6:12 am


What a wonderful day yesterday was, Father! Some time at Kohl’s, and the rest of the day with my sweetie doing yard work – beautiful day and company! I am truly blessed!

1 Peter 1:3 (<<click here)

Lord, my thoughts are drawn to the last few words of the verse, “Now we live with great expectation…” In the Father’s great mercy we can now be made right (be born again) in our relationship with You. Because You conquered sin and death we can live victoriously for You! So regardless of where this journey of life takes us, we can be conquerors as well.

But the question I must ask myself is, “Do I live my life with ‘great expectation’”? Life can become pretty routine. I get up and do my thing, get ready and go to work, come home, work on whatever for a couple of hours, go to bed and then start it all over again the next day. Some days are more exciting than others but many are pretty much the same old, same old.

Now if that was all there was then monotone would sure be an applicable word…that is not all that there is. Lord, when we factor You into our lives, it changes everything! You take the ordinary and make it extraordinary! We are no longer globs of primordial goo that somehow managed to crawl out onto dry land. We are beings of purpose, placed here with great thought and love – and sacrifice, too! – for a reason. When we embrace our relationship with You – life has meaning. Our mundane now has motive.

Because of You, Lord, “Now we can live with great expectation!” As I live my life for You, Your will is fulfilled in and through me. With You at the helm, I can go places and do things I never thought possible! I can be a conqueror over things that would have taken me down!

Lord, take my ordinary and make it extraordinary, fill me with Your presence. Use me as You will. Amen.

Oct 16th, Sun, 6:34 am

Grace and Peace

I know You are with me, Father. May our time together this morning stoke the fire in my heart so that its warmth would radiate through my life this day. I pray that others would be drawn to You through me. Amen

1 Peter 1:1-2 (<<click here)

“May God give you more and more grace and peace.”

Lord, I pray that Peter’s request would be fleshed out in my life today and every day. I really see this as a “receiving” and a “giving” kind of thing.

From You we receive grace – that is Your unmerited (not deserved) favor. One of the many blessings You give us is not giving us what we truly deserve – death for our sin. Instead, You favor us with Your love and forgiveness. We would truly be lost without Your intervention in our lives. Thank You, Lord…

And because of Your gift of grace we now have peace with You. The second verse of the old hymn Hidden Peace, says it well.

Beneath the toil and care of life
This hidden stream flows on.
My wearing soul no longer thirsts,
Nor am I sad and lone.
There’s a deep settled peace in my soul
There’s a deep settled peace in my soul
Though the billows of sin near me roll     
He abides; Christ abides.                               -John S Brown

Lord, You have so generously blessed me with Your grace and peace; but as Your child I must pass them along to a world, devoid of them. Many in our world are at each other’s throats. Vengeance, hatred, apathy fill our world. Lord, enable me to give to others what You have given me. Make me a conduit of Your grace and peace to a world who truly knows neither. May I be generous and give freely to all, as You do with no bias or hesitancy. Amen.

Oct 14th, Fri, 6:45 am

DEATH…It’s Not the End

Father, yesterday I came and sat with You but didn’t write.  I have done that many times before to pray or go over a sermon. But yesterday that wasn’t totally my mindset. I prayed some, but probably more before I got out of bed. I just couldn’t get motivated. Some days are tougher than others to get going. May I take advantage of the time we have – it is precious and well worth my investment.

Death…Lord, though followers of You realize it has no power over us – even though we celebrate the fact that it is but a threshold we must cross to eternal life with You – it is still something that brings us heartache and pain this side of eternity.

For those crossing over that threshold, the heartache and pain end with that final breath for those who love You. Instantaneously they are cut off from the frailties of these earthen vessels in which we spend our allotted time on this world of Your creation and they find themselves joyfully in Your presence.

Yes, their struggle is done…but ours continues. We cling to the indisputable truth of the circumstances in which we find ourselves…but we are left to pick up the pieces of our lives that are now not as whole as they once were.

Yes, Lord, we are left with a void. We must carry on, we must continue to move forward. And we will fill that void. Nothing can replace our loved one’s presence in our lives but we will fill the void. May we not fill it with bitterness and anger. May it not be full of depression and grief. It will be a gradual process but, Lord, I would pray that we would fill it with You. May Your living water flush out the bad and fill it with the holy. May the precious memories of our loved ones be enhanced by the hope we have in You. Help us to fully grasp the fact that this is not the end, but that it is just one more step to that great and glorious day when all those who have put their faith in You will be together for all eternity – no more pain, no more tears, no more separation. And most importantly together with You! Amen.

Oct 13th, Thurs, 6:25 am

Gone Too Far?


Father, help me to give my attention to You this morning. You have much to teach me. Help me block out all my mind’s distractions as we come together. Amen.

James 5:19-20 (<<click here)

Why is it, Lord, that we tend to write off those who have wandered from the faith? Why do we not more aggressively pursue those who have let their relationship with You grow cold with the warmth of Your love?

Part of it, I’m sure, is just plain apathy – we just don’t care. Lord, forgive us.

Part of it, too, is that sometimes we don’t really notice. It can be a gradual thing. We get caught up with our own lives and don’t realize what’s happening until way down the path. Lord, make us attentive.

Quite often we feel that they’ve just gone too far, they’ve crossed the line one too many times and that’s it – we write them off. They’re a lost cause. But, Lord, haven’t we all gone too far? Haven’t we all crossed that line one too many times? And do You write us off? No, You don’t! You are the father of the prodigal and every one of us has squandered Your bounty in “wild living” Luke 15:11-32

Lord, fill me with Your grace and mercy. I have wandered time and again and I am now in Your arms of love. None of us is ever so far gone that we would not be welcomed back when we seek Your forgiveness. May I be more like You. May my heart burn with that desire to bring the wanderers back into the fold. Amen.

Oct 11th, Tues, 6:25 am

Doing it right for once.