Tag Archives: attitudes

Butterfly Nets

Father, I am grateful for this time we have together. It bothers me that I am not as eager as I have been in the past to sit with You. I know that it is me and I’m sure there are many contributing factors. Help me, Father. Flush out all that hinders me and fill me with You! I know there will be times of testing. I am weak in and of myself. My strength is found only in You. In my weakness help me not to fall but to immediately be drawn to You! Amen – so be it!

1 Timothy 6:1-2 (<<click here)

Paul has addressed the relationship between slave and master, or a more contemporary application, between employee and employer, before. But it is a good reminder.

Just about every job has its frustrations and struggles. Things can be going well but it doesn’t take much to throw a wrench into the works. A negative comment, an act of perceived unfairness can bring dissatisfaction. Some of us never seem to be able to escape difficulties on the job.

Lord, many times work is what we make it. Our attitudes contribute greatly to how outside forces impact us. It’s a weird thought but sometimes it seems we have our butterfly nets out and instead of trying to catch butterflies we try, with the utmost of efforts, we try to snatch any negativity that flutters into close proximity. We will even race after it just so we have something to complain about.

Instead we’d be better off being like ducks. Let it rain, let it pour! But all that negativity will just run right off of us!

Lord, help me to work so as to please You. Help me to do my best to encourage others and to be a reflection of You!

Sept 24th, Thurs, 8:38 am

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

Stay True

Good morning, Father! I’m so glad that we have this time together. Draw me close to Your side. Envelope me in Your love and presence. “Make me, mold me, fill me, use me” “Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.”

Philippians 3:17-4:1 (<<click here)

“…stay true to the Lord…”

Committed, dedicated, going the right way – not veering to the right or left.

Lord, as I ponder Paul’s admonition to “pattern [our] lives after [his]” it brings to mind our great tendency as human beings – to follow people, to pick up their mental processes and the way they do things?

What a great responsibility I have! I know that people have their own responsibility to follow You, Jesus but many times they follow what they can see. Lord, enable me to be the kind of leader that You need me to be, staying true to You. I must remain committed to Your call on my life – not just as a pastor, though that is very important, but as Your follower. My life must be dedicated to embracing Your mindsets and attitudes as my own daily, minute by minute. This journey I am on must be aligned by You – You are my TRUE north, as such. You must be my aim, my goal. The only way for me to lead – is to follow! Please help me to “stay true” to You!

May 30th, Sat, 6:30 am