Category Archives: Journal Entry

Grow Down

Father, forgive me for yielding to distraction…this is my time with You and Facebook should have no part in it. My phone is down and my attention is on You. Please help me hear and listen to what You have to say to me today.

Ephesians 3:14-21

Lord, help me to be “empowered…with inner strength through Your Spirit.” I know You have been doing a new work in me, accomplishing things that I could never do on my own (Praise Your Holy name! All the glory to You!) and I pray that I will cling to You. May my inner strength continue to be powered from Your “glorious, unlimited resources.”

This wonderful passage admonishes me to let my roots “grow down into Your love and keep me strong.”  Without You I am surely weak and helpless! In my own strength I fail. Only in You am I victorious. Thank you, Lord…

I am incomplete without Your love. Help me so that my overwhelming desire will be to “have the power to understand how WIDE, how LONG, how HIGH, and how DEEP Your love is”! May I “experience the love of Christ” – overwhelm me with Your love. May it gush and splash over on to all I meet!

And “through Your mighty power at work within me accomplish infinitely more than I might ask or [even] think”!

April 27th, Mon, 6:30am

Love in Action

Good morning, Father! Thank you for the good experience last night* and reconnecting with old friends. Help me to cherish your Word and to not take it for granted. Please continue to bless the efforts of those diligently working to get Your Word into the hands of those who have never heard.

*Karen and I attended a Wycliffe Associates Banquet – it was a wonderful opportunity.

Ephesians 3:1-13

Lord, thank you for the affirmation of Your promises. The honor and privilege of coming into your presence is awesomely wonderful!  (vs.12) I am so grateful that You provided a way for me, a sinner, to come before You, to be with You. Without the great sacrifice of You Jesus, I could not do it! Praise Your name, O Lord! For Your forgiveness, grace and mercy I truly give You praise!

I come into Your presence this morning asking that You would use me, use me to communicate Your love. And not just through the sermon but through every opportunity I have when interacting with people in church, in public and in social gatherings today. Please help me see with Your eyes and to respond with Your heart. Help my entire body to be infused with Your love and to disperse it to all I come in contact with each and every day.

April 26th, Sun, 6:42am

Building Materials

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I have come this morning to bask in Your presence, to soak up the warmth of Your love, to be filled to the cusp of my being with Your wisdom and to begin the process of being a channel to the world by which You can disperse these great blessings to the world. Please help me to treasure our time together more and more.

Ephesians 2:19-22

God’s family is compared to as “God’s house”. We are part of something far greater than ourselves or even our local church.  We are part of a structure begun long ago by God himself. Our foundation is the apostles and the prophets and Christ is the cornerstone. We are not some hodge podge of odds and ends thrown together with hope of it all “miraculously” making sense, but (as the NLT puts it), “We are carefully joined together in [Christ]” – no happenstance, no luck, no pipe dreams but CAREFULLY assembled for a specific purpose. As the notes on this passage alluded to, this is so the world can see who God really is (LOVE!) and that harmony can be achieved – through Christ!

Oh, Great Master Builder, help me to fit in to Your master plan. Help me to be used for Your purpose. Enable me to bring to You other useful “material” – others – who will allow themselves to be used by You to be a “building” that all the world can see and be drawn to for Your glory!

April 24th, Fri, 6:38am

Today’s picture is of a home being constructed by a group of men from the Cypress Bible Church in Cypress, Texas  for two families in Juarez, Mexico.  My brother-in-law Chuck is on the far right and my son, Massey, is behind the camera. 🙂

Pride

I’m so glad we have this time together. Help me to hear clearly and to act with conviction. Please continue to work with me throughout the day, teaching directing, correcting, so I will become more and more like you.

Ephesians 2:11-18

Pride…a struggle for many…and I am no exception. But it sure takes many forms. Feeling like someone reprimands me for something others do all the time and my defenses go up.  My wife says something that I take as criticism even though she may not have meant it that way and I get angry. Behind the wheel I suffer from it regularly, others driving slowly (or more slowly than I’d prefer), bad parking and pulling in front of me…all get a reaction and not a pleasant one.

And the list could go on… Lord, I am sunk on this one. Help me to think of You and when I do fail, to reflect on my problem and to begin responding in ways that would be more pleasing to you. I will trust in You to be able to be an overcomer of pride.

April 23rd, Thurs, 6:46am

But for You

Good morning, Father! I absolutely love the joy I feel in my heart when I’m up in the middle of the night and think about our time together. I am here to listen and learn and grow with You this morning!

Ephesians 2:1-10

But for You, I would not exist. Because You moved in the hearts of my parents and grandparents is why I exist.

But for You, I would not be..who I am…what I am…and where I am. It is scary to think about the kind of person I would be and what I would be up to without You in my life. You know my leanings toward sin, You know my weaknesses, You now my personality traits that could take me down very treacherous paths.  But for You, I would be a different person. Thank You, Father! All I am I owe to You! Praise Your holy name!

Help me to faithfully follow the path You have set me on. I pray that You will draw me closer to Your heart each and every day! I love You – help me love You more and more!

April 22nd, Wed, 7:14am