Father, be with us as we enter these days of transition. As Karen begins another school year and as I and others acclimate ourselves to new leadership at work, may we keep You at the center of our speech and actions. Help us to exude Your grace and love in abundance to those we encounter.
James 1:16-18 (<<click here)
Lord, Your word clearly states that all things good come from You and that as the Amplified Bible puts it “there is no variation” in You. You never change. You are a constant. Hebrews 13:8 reads, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
With all the craziness, change and uncertainty in this world, Lord, I am so grateful for Your consistency in my life. And Your presence in my life helps me to be that way, too. I surely haven’t mastered it but You faithfully continue to work in my life.
In many ways the stability that You bring to me and that I try to live out is what draws others to You. Quite often I crack under the pressures of life and do not respond in ways that reflect Your presence in my life.
Fill my thoughts today, Lord Jesus. Permeate them so that my knee-jerk reaction is not anger, or spite or retaliation but instead is love, joy, and peace. Amen.
August 9th, Tuesday 6:37 am
Father, thank You for all Your blessing during this past holiday season. I am so grateful for the time we got to spend with Massey as a family. I would pray that each of us would actively seek to deepen our relationship with You each day and that Your hand would be evident in all we say and do.
2 Timothy 4:11-12 (<<click here)
“Bring Mark…for he will be helpful to me…”
Lord, we don’t know don’t know all that has transpired but this is a turning point statement for Paul and a learning point for us. Early in Paul’s ministry, Mark had joined Paul and Barnabas in their journey and for whatever reason Mark quit. Later on Barnabas tried to bring Mark along once more but Paul said “no” which caused Paul and Barnabas to part ways. And then out of the blue, at the end of Paul’s life he says, “Bring Mark…”
Somewhere along the line Mark had had opportunity to prove himself and Paul hadn’t shut him out. All of us can change. And regardless we must be open to that change, either changing ourselves or accepting change in others. Both are tough to do.
The big point here is that life in You, Lord, is all about new beginnings. Every day brings with it opportunities to move forward. Help me Lord to be pliable in Your hands to change where I need to change and then help me to see others with eyes of discernment so I may accept and encourage positive changes in them as well.
Jan 7th, Thurs, 9:35 am
Sometimes my bed feels awfully good but more and more I just don’t want to miss this time with You, Father! May this always be the case; that is my heartfelt prayer!! I need this time together, I am dependent on it! Please, Father help me to make the most of it. Speak to me and help me hear Your direction, help me to act on it, help me to retain Your Word, help it to be something that infuses my day, please help it to impact everything else I do , say or think! Father, I am Yours to use as You will. I hold nothing back! Thank You, Father!
Ephesians 6:1-4 (<- click here)
Lord, this passage speaks to me on two fronts this morning, first honoring parents. My New Living Translation Application Study Bible notes say that “honoring” means to respect and love. With my parents – no problem but looking at other people’s parents – it’s much more complicated. And being a pastor and working in retail I see all kinds of parents. The dynamics of other couple’s relationships affects my perception of them. And of course, that can directly affect my relationships, too. The only way for me to address this mindset is to plead with You to allow me to see other couples through Your eyes. To love them, as You do. If that means I need to address certain aspects of their relationship – so be it. If that means I say nothing – then so be it. Lord, help me to be what You want me to be in my relationship with them. Also, change how I respond in my relationships in that regard as well; help me to not be negative about other people’s relationships when interacting in my personal relationships. Quite often people I love know what it’s like and don’t need me literally adding insult to injury – help me to pray for others when situations arise and to let those I love know that that will be my course of action from now on, with Your help and direction.
Secondly, I owe Massey an apology. It’s weird but two things stick in my mind as I read about not “provoking” him – RISK and matches. He and I have talked of this some but I need to make sure they are addressed from a spiritual perspective in regards to my relationship with him. I know my actions had a direct influence on him – they have in part, made him who he is. To a certain extent that might have had a positive reaction but more so it has probably affected him adversely. What’s been done can’t be undone but Lord, please, help me to continue to improve our relationship (which You have already done great things for several years!) and only if and when You direct, please help me to address these failing of my fathering.
May 7th, Thurs, 6:09 am