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Authentically Genuine

Father, thank You for Your presence this morning. Thank You for making it possible for me to come before You. Only because of the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ, only because His blood covers my sins which are many can I be here with You.  I can never begin to thank You enough for Your grace and mercy, so undeserved but so generously extended. Take this day of mine and use it, use me, as You will. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 (<<click here)

Lord, I am called to love other believers and for the most part that is an easily achievable goal. But how I live my life before those who don’t believe, that can be a bit more difficult. You are surely working with me in this area. I know Your Spirit often stops me mid-thought from speaking or doing something that would be a poor reflection of You. I am to live and respond as You would, as someone who is authentically genuine and considerate, strong and insightful. Enable me to be more discerning in my conversations. May all my interactions be saturated in love – in Your love channeling through this vessel of clay. May I be found worthy to be called by Your name. I give myself over to You today, Jesus.

July 24th, Fri, 6:26 am

The Real Deal

Father, may I watch You closely
as I walk the narrow way.
May Your hand be ever guiding
as I strive to never stray.

Each day has its set of struggles
may I ever faithful be
I’m grateful that my heart You’re keeping
and that someday Your face I’ll see.

Jude 1-16 (c<<click green)

I remember going on a family vacation as a child. Someone had given us the use of a cabin in the middle of nowhere. The road there was one lane in the hills of West Virginia. If you met anyone along the way, one of you would have to back up to a space wide enough to let the other pass! To say the least, it was remote.

Well, our stay was short-lived, not because of its remoteness but because of unwanted guests. As we opened the door to go in, what should fall to the floor but a snake! It wasn’t very big but it along with another we found on a bed, if I remember correctly, did us in. We were out of there!

It was a nice cabin, solidly built. There were no obvious entry points for our unwanted, slithery “guests” but they had “wormed their way” in. vs.4

As Christians, it is important to be on our guard against falsehoods – and their deliverers – from worming their way into [our] churches and hearts and minds as well. We would do well to take to heart the warning of Jude as he describes these ne’er-do-wells who would seek to infiltrate the ranks of the saints.

“These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.” vs.16

Lord, help me to first keep my eyes firmly fixed on you. If I know You – the perfect example of who I am to emulate – then I will never be fooled by counterfeit reproductions. Then second, may I always be authentic and never fake when it comes to living out my life for You. Help me to be the real deal. Amen.

May 30th, Tues, 6:35 am

Authentically Genuine

Father, thank You for Your presence this morning. Thank You for making it possible for me to come before You. Only because of the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ, only because His blood covers my sins which are many can I be here with You.  I can never begin to thank You enough for Your grace and mercy, so undeserved but so generously extended. Take this day of mine and use it, use me, as You will. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 (<<click here)

Lord, I am called to love other believers and for the most part that is an easily achievable goal. But how I live my life before those who don’t believe, that can be a bit more difficult. You are surely working with me in this area. I know Your Spirit often stops me mid-thought from speaking or doing something that would be a poor reflection of You. I am to live and respond as You would, as someone who is authentically genuine and considerate, strong and insightful. Enable me to be more discerning in my conversations. May all my interactions be saturated in love – in Your love channeling through this vessel of clay. May I be found worthy to be called by Your name. I give myself over to You today, Jesus.

July 24th, Fri, 6:26 am

Courage

A little slow on the draw this morning, Father, but this time together is too important to miss. I did miss yesterday but I am grateful that I was able to spend some quality time with a dear friend talking about You and being encouraged by each other in the process. Thank You for that time together.

I Thessalonians 2:1-2 (<<click here)

Lord, as you speak to me through this passage this morning, help me to be attentive to Your voice. The phrase that sticks out is “…the courage to declare [Your] Good News…boldly…” Put me behind a pulpit and I am good to go. In years past I, on occasion, have spoken to several hundred and in my current responsibilities I speak before a much smaller but no less enthusiastic crowd. In that setting I am comfortable for I have the confidence to declare what You have placed on my heart. But put me in a non-church setting, say at work, and I am less exuberant. I am more hesitant. I know You have been working with me on this and I readily acknowledge that I most certainly am not where You need me to be

What it boils down to is that I need to stop second guessing myself and trust You and Your direction when saying something comes to mind. Of course I have the bad habit of over analyzing things – what if I offend them? Will they still like me? And on and on it goes.

I am so glad that You pulled everything together in enabling me to start the blog. (It’s hard to believe it’s only been about 3 weeks!) It has changed me, drawing me closer to You. It has kept You at the forefront of my mind because I truly want to be authentic. I don’t want to come across as one way in private and another fleshed out when I interact with friends and loved one. It has already opened many doors of opportunity in my relationships with others.

So, bringing it back around, why do I back off from speaking of my blog with friends at work? I am proud of it but I don’t want to come across as self-promoting – Lord, I need Your help. The blog is a wonderful stepping stone for touching people for You. It firmly establishes the fact that I am Your child. It shows, when I share it, that I truly care about my friend and family. Once people read it, I pray that by my sharing who I am on a very personal level that it will open more doors of communication about You!

Help me to live and speak in such a way that I would have “the courage to declare [Your] Good News…boldly.” People need You! I need You! We need to get to know You because only in that relationship will we ever find the answers to who we are and why we are here. Thank You, Jesus, for being the Answer!

July 9th, Wed, 6:51 am