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For Better, for Worse

Father, what a week it has been! It has been full of its challenges but Your presence has made all the difference. I am so grateful that Karen’s back surgery went so smoothly and that we got home with no problem. In some ways the last several days have been taxing but…I don’t want this to sound corny but…what a privilege it has been to serve my wife! She has cared for me for 31 years (and counting!) and this week I have been blessed to give back, if only for a few days. And I have another whole week to help her in whatever way I can. May I have the heart of a servant as we go through this week. May my love for her be strong, so much so that I cannot help but express it in a multitude of ways. Thank You, Father, for the great blessing of a wonderful helpmate and friend.

Lord, there are so, so many relationships that are on the rocks. Couples bicker and fight and let the smallest of things come between them. Maybe initially it is not too impacting but all too often it multiplies and eventually becomes a wedge between two people who at one point would have done anything for one another.

On June 14, 1986, I vowed to love Karen, “for better, for worse” and that simply does not have an expiration date. I am here for her and she is here for me. We by no means have a perfect relationship but we love each other and as Your word says, “love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8b) Your love is the example by which we live. You forgive, You forget and we move on. Your love is totally unconditional. I don’t live up to that standard in totality but with Your influence and strength, I strive to do so more and more each day. What better investment can I make than in my relationship with my wife?

The first part of verse 8 is my goal,

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other…”

Lord Jesus, may that not only be the goal in my marriage but may it be my goal every day of my life. It is surely a challenge but may I strive “to show deep love“ for everyone that crosses my path. May I live my life as You did. Amen.

Nov 5th, Sun, 7:43 pm

Family

Dear Father, I didn’t realize until after I was up that I had slept clear through the night! Thank You! Its things like that that helps me to feel Your love for me. Some may say, “You were just really tired.” Or “Your body didn’t need to get up” but I don’t buy that for a moment it was a gift from my loving Father.

And that’s not all. My God has been so faithful to wake me each morning, and I have obediently risen now for 42 days in a row! He also gave me a little extra today – 30 minutes more to be exact. He loves me in the little things, too!

But that is still not all! When I woke it was from a beautiful dream. A little over 3 weeks ago I was able to write the names of newborn twin girls on my prayer list. I knew their mother when I served as Children’s Pastor several years ago, she was in middle school then. Lord, she has grown up to be a wonderful Christian woman. She and her husband serve as medical missionaries with their two young boys. But I digress…:)

Back to my dream…we were in a public setting and this young lady was there. We were talking along with some friends and family and I know Facebook has a multitude of goods and bad but we were sharing how it helps us pray for each other and before you knew it we were crying together and she sweetly gave me a hug. And that’s when I awoke. There are tears in my eyes just writing it down. Of course, before crawling out of bed, I prayed for her and the girls and her boys and husband as well.

I felt prompted to write all this simply for the reason that being a part of God’s family is such a wonderful thing! I literally haven’t seen this young lady in over 16 years. And even then we did not have any regular interactions – she was just a sweet teen that was a part of my church family. But she and I and so many others are a part of Your family, Lord, and we are so blessed that You have given us each other. We have innumerable brothers and sisters around the globe. Most I do not know, but many I do. Some I pray for each and every day.

Lord, I am so grateful that You love me. And one of the things You have taught me on our journey together is if someone asks me to pray for them, I don’t just say I will – I do! When someone out of the blue comes to mind, when others ask for prayer in person or on Facebook, or wherever! Say a prayer. When the Apostle Paul encourages us to “pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB this is what he meant. We all need to pray because we all surely need it. Thank You, Lord for prompting me to pray. Thank You for others who pray for me. And thank You for interceding for me as well…

“As for me, I will certainly not sin against the Lord by ending my prayers for you.“ 1 Samuel 12:23a NLT

Mar 2nd, Wed, 5:44 am

Weak Faith Is Better Than No Faith

Father, I am truly blessed and the list of my blessings is unending. I cannot take credit for any of it for all the praise goes to You. I humbly acknowledge Your greatness and Your love.

2 Timothy 1:12 (<<click here)

Lord, my Study Bible* makes a wonderful point in regards to this passage. “This was not a claim to strong faith; rather, it was a trust in one so powerful that even a weak faith was sufficient.”

When I ponder on our relationship, Lord, I am eternally grateful (literally!) that I have put my trust in You. As I said in my prayer, I am truly blessed. And it goes way beyond the physical. Where would I be without You? Lost, condemned, damned – and rightly so! On my own merit standing before the judgment seat of Almighty God absolutely nothing I bring in my defense is worth anything! Only because of Your sacrifice Jesus, and what it means for me can I even stand in the Father’s presence.

“Thank You” is insufficient. Even giving You my life in service is not sufficient but it is all I have. “Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee… Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.”

Oct 25th, Sun, 6:30 am

*New Living Translation Application Study Bible

Onward and Upward

As I sit here, Father, and consciously note my breathing I give You praise. So many today will wake up and have difficulty doing that today. I say a prayer for them. Some may not be challenged to breath but every breath is accompanied by pain or grief. I pray for them, as well. Some are waking today with no physical struggles but where they are, they may wonder if they will live to the end of it. Military and law enforcement, people in war torn lands, many may be praying for a day of safety. May I not forget them in my prayers throughout the day. Father, thank You for where I am, help me not to take it for granted – I am truly blessed.

2 Timothy 1:5 (<<click here)

Lord, as I look back over my life I am reminded of the great spiritual heritage with which I am blessed. Godly parents and grandparents all have lived lives faithful to You and Your calling on their lives. All of them prayed that I would place my faith in You as well. Saying I am blessed is truly an understatement!

I am grateful that You instilled in them a “genuine faith” and that as with Timothy “that same faith continues strong in [me]!” I know that all of us have struggled, that none of us have been perfect but all of us have been diligent – all of us have persevered. None of us were satisfied with status quo spirituality. All of us sought an ever-deepening relationship with You – onward and upward!

Lord, as my grandparents devoted their lives to You and as my mom and dad continue to do so, may I – each and every day – give myself over to You. Help me to continue to faithfully be the torch of Your great love for all.

Oct 14th, Wed, 7:28 am

What I Deserve vs. What I Receive

I realize, Father, that it is only because of Jesus that I can sit in Your presence this morning. I am quite often astounded that I am so eagerly welcomed. I am so grateful that Jesus’ extreme sacrifice and the blood He shed covers my multitude of sins, which is the only reason that I can be with You. It saddens me to think of the many; many times I have had to seek forgiveness for the things I have done that were outside of Your will for me. But I am gladdened because though I fall, You would rather I would seek Your face instead of turning away, defeated and not return. Truly I don’t deserve it. Punishment and death is what I deserve but grace and mercy are what is extended to me… Thank You, Father for the most precious of all gifts! May my heart and mind be focused on You this day. Enable me to stay true to You, to live out Your call on my life. Help me to wholeheartedly love You in response to Your love for me and in so doing may that love shower those around me. Because I have been so richly blessed “make me a blessing out of my life may Jesus shine. Make me a blessing to someone today.” It is the least I can do! Fill me this day. I am Yours to use as You will.

Sept 28th, Mon, 6:31 am