Today is a new day, Father – one of endless possibilities. Help me to use it wisely. May my preparation for Sunday worship be fruitful. Though it will be limited to breakfast, lunch, and supper, help me and Karen to make the most of our time together. And lastly, enable me to do my very best at work – working hard and loving people. Amen.

2 Timothy 1:1-2 (<<click here)

Lord, You surely know what is best. As You do with us all You know who we are but You also known who we can be and most often it is more than we ever thought possible. Paul is an excellent example. Even as a young man he took his relationship with God very seriously. He did some awful things to early followers of You for he was way out of alignment but early on You got involved and opened his eyes. And because of his willingness to yield to Your Lordship he impacted the early church in a mighty way – and continues to do so today.

As I begin reading 2 Timothy, I realize that this is Paul’s last writing before his impending death. Yet even in his last moments of life, he is reaching out to encourage. He is thinking of others. At this moment he is not asking for prayer, he is giving himself to Timothy. He is a true reflection of his Savior.

Lord, I do not know what this day holds. I would pray that I have many more ahead of me, for there is much yet to be done, but today could be my last. Only You know. Help me to be diligent to do what really needs done today. Help me to follow Your lead and to truly reflect my Savior.

Oct 7th, Wed, 7:20 am

I Have a Tree

Father, thank You for getting me up this morning. It was very tempting to remain in bed but I cannot, my spiritual fitness suffers if I do not take time to regularly meet with You. Thank You for caring so much about my spiritual health, not just this morning but for everything You have done so I can find salvation in You.

1 Timothy 6:20-21 (<<click here)

I would ask, Lord that you would help me to guard what You have entrusted to me. Please give me the strength and the courage and the wisdom and the love to proclaim Your Good News to everyone I can.

Our world is replete with “godless, foolish” notions and there is so much banter back and forth. Help me to invest my time, thoughts and efforts wisely – putting my efforts into things worthy of eternity and Your kingdom.

In my mind’s eye I see an orchard. I have my tree and everyone else has a tree, too. Each of our trees bears a regular harvest and that harvest is impacted by those things with which we feed and nurture our tree. We water and fertilize our trees but we can also graft in branches from other trees as well. All of these contribute to the kind of fruit we will glean from our trees and for that matter the kind of fruit others will glean as well from our trees.

Lord, my tree is a gift from You – it is my life. I have done good and bad things to my tree but it is what it is. I have freely chosen to do with it as I will. First of all, I am grateful that I have given my tree back to You. You know what is best for its growth. You have trimmed out dead and diseased patches. You have grafted in branches that strengthen me and help me to produce better fruit. I still, quite often, have to interject things that hinder my growth. But You are patient and help me little by little rid them from my life. Lord, help me to guard what You have entrusted to me. Help me to be very careful with what I nurture my tree. My greatest desire is for the Master Gardener to use my tree as He sees fit and that its fruit will nourish others for years to come.

Oct 4th, Sun, 5:59 am

Give Away Your Wealth!

Thank you for yesterday, Father. The opportunity to help a friend in need, getting things done for worship, a nice supper with Karen and completion of church business at our meeting last night made for a very full day! But You were with me from beginning to end, what a blessing! I look forward to this day and what we will tackle together. Use me as You will.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (<<click here)

Lord, we are abundantly blessed – and our blessings are not just monetary in nature. Many are blessed with family, with love, with joy and peace – there are so many things for which to be thankful. We may be blessed but are we willing to share with those who are less fortunate?

Each day at Kohl’s I have choices to make. Will I share my blessings or keep them to myself? Joy is a highly valued commodity. Sometimes life and the way we address it depletes our store of joy. Lord, may I be generous in my dispersion of the overabundance of joy in my heart.

Sometimes love is hard to find. Many are lonely and destitute. People many times have no family and few friends or possibly the family or friends they do have are oblivious or apathetic to their need for love. And many times people are just plain hard to love. Lord, help me to see people as You see people – to peer through the crusty layers of grumpiness or anger to the core of people’s being and to love them even in the their “unloveliness”.

Yes, Lord, many of us are very “wealthy” and we are wealthy in many ways. Help us not to be hoarders and hermits but may we be generous givers so we may enrich the world with You!

Oct 2nd, Fri, 6:12 am

A Good Reflection of You

Father, as I come before You this day, once again I give myself over to You to do with as You will. We know that I am far from perfect and that the only hope I have when it comes to holiness – to be considered a vessel worthy of the use of God Almighty – is to call upon You each day for Your help. On my own I am weak but in yielding to You is where strength is found. Many aspects of life attempt to bring me down and take me out but when I am in You I am more than conqueror! I conquer my assailant but even beyond that I find joy in this life. Help me to stand strong and to be filled with joy that comes only from You! Amen!

1 Timothy 6:12-16 (<<click here)

Lord, I will never cease to be amazed at how You direct my thoughts, even as we come together, towards what I will read in Your word! Praise Your holy Name!

“Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God as called you… Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.”

As long as we live here on this earth, until we cross the threshold of death and step into Your presence, we are vulnerable. We are susceptible to sin. If we depend only on ourselves, if we rely solely on our strength we will fail. If there is anything I have learned over the last few months is that the absolute only way I can be victorious is when I totally give myself over to You, Jesus!

A glance at headlines this morning confirms this. A prominent governmental leader – a fellow follower of You – has fallen. And that’s a poor reflection of You, Lord. I pray for Your child – may he run to You not from You. But I also pray for me. I need You this day and every day. Help me not to wander. Help me to continue to “Fight the good fight for the truth faith.” May the way I live my lift lift You up, Lord, Keep me on the straight and narrow so that my life would be good reflection of who you truly are.

Sept 30th, Wed, 5:58 am

Pure as Freshly Fallen Snow

In the quiet of this morning,
I sit and feel You here.
I know You’ve something for me,
As I know that You are near.

I cherish every moment,
While I wait here at Your feet.
For nothing’s more important,
Than this time with You, how sweet!

1 Timothy 6:11 (<<click here)

“man of God… run from… evil… pursue righteousness”

Short and to the point, Lord, If we would just flesh this out every day of our lives we would accomplish Your holy will for our lives. If we truly want to be a man (or woman) of God, this is how it’s done.

“run from …evil” Why is it so alluring? We are drawn by its supposed beauty and appeal. We embrace and indulge the facade of fulfillment only, too late, to realize that in reality it is death with which we have been intimate. And when evil’s work is done, we are stained –  we are sullied. We cannot cleanse ourselves. We reek of defeat and defilement. We are undone and we cannot undo our undoneness. We are condemned. We are damned… “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips…” Isaiah 6:5 NASB Is there no hope? No, in and of myself, there is not… There may be no hope in me but, praise God, there is hope outside of me!

“pursue righteousness” “… we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear on (Jesus Christ). He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:6-7 NLT

When we embrace You, Lord, we are saved! An intimate relationship with You brings life! The stains of our sin are as if they had never been! Washed clean, pure as the freshly fallen snow – but not just covered up – eradicated! Our aroma is the bouquet of the beauty of Christ and His wonderful gift of grace and mercy. We are victors. We are conquerors! Because of Christ we are made pure, we are made holy! We are redone to be what we were meant to be Praise God!

Lord, help me to embrace You! To find my true calling in my relationship with You. Enable me to “run from… evil…” and to “pursue righteous and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.” Amen!!

Sept 29th, Tues, 6:21 am

Doing it right for once.