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Before My Feet Hit the Floor

Father, today has been a full day. We didn’t go out a do a lot of stuff, we just stayed at home, kept the fire going in the stove, watched the snow come down. I worked on things for church; Karen crocheted – no pressure, no hurrying about – just a full day of each other and You were in the midst of it all. Thank You for the gift.

Matthew 6:16-18 (<<click green)

You speak of fasting here. Lord, but you also speak in regards to the condition of our hearts. Traditionally fasting is denying ourselves food so as to focus on You. We don’t eat but instead spend time in prayer, and I would dare say it’s a time, not to throw out our wish list, but to listen to what You would say to us.

And what You are saying here is that when we do things that are meant to draw us closer to You that we should not do things that draw attention to ourselves.

In texting my sister-in-law a few days ago, she shared with me a passage from the latter part of Isaiah 66:2 – and this is You speaking.

“But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

Lord, I think that fits here pretty well.

When I step behind the pulpit each Sunday morning – for that matter when I climb out of bed every morning – where is my heart? What is my goal? To draw attention to myself? Or to draw attention to You?

Hm….in this “all about me” world, that can be a challenge. To put You first – to put others before myself that takes some concentration. I know it is impossible on my own.

I fall at Your feet, Lord, enable me to seek You out before my feet even hit the floor. May I find You. May I be filled with You. May my life point to You. Amen.

Jan 24th, 2018, Wed, 11:03 pm

Still Listening

Thank You so much for being with us yesterday, Father. Your comforting presence made all the difference at the funeral, graveside service and the meal and fellowship afterward. I would pray that Your love would permeate the hearts and minds of all present – both Your followers and those who have yet chosen to do so. Amen

In my praying this morning, Lord, You have led me back to a journal entry from October 2015. I believe it bears repeating for it is still my prayer today. (Oh, and this is still the best picture!)

As I sit here in contemplation, young Samuel’s response comes to mind as he answered Your call, Lord, in the Israelite tabernacle of old. “Speak, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 Help me to be receptive to Your call on me this day. I, Your servant, am listening.

It’s hard to wrap my mind around it but I cling to the fact that You chose and loved me even before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) And You chose me to be holy and blameless. You saved me not because I deserved it but to make Your grace known. You “broke the power of death and illuminated the way of life and immortality through the Good News.” 2 Timothy 1:10

We like to think that we got to where we are all on our own but there is no truth in that. At least in our culture, it’s all about “me”. “I” got me to where I am, “I” don’t need anyone else. Me, myself and I will get through just fine. But if we really, down deep, look at it, we realize it’s the farthest thing from the truth.

My only means of fulfillment on this speck of dust in the universe, my only means of security in the fact that there is life beyond the threshold of death, is found solely in You. Because of Your unfathomable sacrifice, I have true life, now and for all eternity.

Lord, You love me and You have my best interests in mind. Help me, every moment of every day, to strive for holiness – to become more like You with every breath I take. Fill me with Your presence. Use me to shine Your light into the darkness of this world. May I be attentive to You. “Speak, your servant is listening.”

Oct 23rd, 2015, Fri, 6:42 am

Apr 30th, 2017, Sun, 6:09 am

Honor Marriage

Father, there are so many crazy, alarming things happening across the world. And for the most part I cannot do one thing about them. The one thing I can do I will do. I will continue to acknowledge Your lordship over it all. I will pray that Your will would be done and that people would see that hope and security is found only in You.

Hebrews 13:4 (<<click here)

“Give honor to marriage…”

In an “all about me” culture this is a great challenge. Our overwhelming tendency is to look out only for ourselves and if it isn’t too inconvenient we’ll look out for others as well… maybe.

Lord, I truly believe that one of clearest testimonies of how Your love works is a strong marriage based on You. Karen and I have our struggles but overall I’d say we have a solid, loving relationship. I believe we strive to think of the other. We care for each other. We pray for each other. We encourage one another. Sure we’ve gone through hard times, we’ve said and done stupid, hurtful things but we have also sought out and extended forgiveness – with You and each other.

As with all things on this side of eternity, the key to a successful marriage is to acknowledge the fact that we, in and of ourselves, cannot do it. We must include You in the equation. Only in giving ourselves over to You can we give ourselves over to each other.

Lord, help me to continue deepening my relationship with You. Help me to continue deepening my relationship with Karen. May we as individuals and a couple be all You want us to be. Amen.

June 24th, Fri, 6:20 am

Listening

Since we last came together, Father, a lot has transpired, Karen’s second round in the hospital in as many weeks and for two totally unrelated issues. Thank You for good care from wonderful caregivers. And, Father, most of all, thank You that Karen is on the mend and that she will be home soon. And then in the middle of all that You called Your faithful servant, George, home. Our loss is surely Your gain. Cancer had its way with him but no more. I would ask that You would be especially close to his family this day and in the days to come. May we all be ready to step into Your presence as he was.

2 Timothy 1:9-11 (<<click here)

As I sit here in contemplation, young Samuel’s response comes to mind as he answered Your call, Lord, in the Israelite tabernacle of old. “Speak, your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 Help me to be receptive to Your call on me this day. I, Your servant, am listening.

It’s hard to wrap my mind around it but I cling to the fact that You chose and loved me even before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) And You chose me to be holy and blameless. You saved me not because I deserved it but to make Your grace known. You “broke the power of death and illuminated the way of life and immortality through the Good News.” v10

We like to think that we got to where we are all on our own but there is no truth in that. At least in our culture it’s all about “me”. “I” got me to where I am, “I” don’t need anyone else. Me, myself and I will get through just fine. But if we really, down deep, look at it we realize it’s the farthest thing from the truth.

My only means of fulfillment on this speck of dust in the universe, my only means of security in the fact that there is life beyond the threshold of death, is found solely in You. Because of Your unfathomable sacrifice I have true life, now and for all eternity.

Lord, You love me and You have my best interests in mind. Help me, every moment of every day, to strive for holiness – to become more like You with every breath I take. Fill me with Your presence. Use me to shine Your light into the darkness of this world. May I be attentive to You. “Speak, your servant is listening.”

Oct 23rd, Fri, 6:42 am