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Clouds Obscuring the Moon

Father, I would ask that You would continue to draw me into Your presence. My bed was enticing but I want to see what You have for me today. I earnestly pray that I will never grow weary of our time together.

Philippians 2:14-18 (<< click the green)

Lord, I love the symbolism that is brought out in my study Bible, that I am called to not let the cloudiness of complaining and arguing to hide the light of our response to Your Word. Or maybe a little better way to say it is that if we let negative emotions control us it’s sort of like us being the moon, which reflects the light of Your Son and then letting clouds (negative emotions) obscure the light that we are to reflect. It diminishes our light, our witness and instead of drawing people to You the focus is shifted to our negative emotions.

You’re helping me address this in my public life (work, church) but I’m definitely squelching Your aid in my private life. It’s bad enough that I let the negative dictate my “reflection” when I’m alone (driving comes to mind) but it’s really bad when it happens and I’m around Karen. She way too often gets an obstructed view of You in my life – sometimes a little but many times it is so strong that it leaves us in total darkness. This is a “me” thing that I cannot bring under control by myself – I’m blind and weak Only Your intervention can help me get a handle on it. Lord, please “pierce the darkness” in this area of my life with the radiant glory of Your presence and Your love in my life – shine through!!

Lord, I want to be an uplifting (i.e. lifting up to You!) influence in my role as a husband. We have too much darkness in our lives which we have little control over (work, family issues, health, etc.) So I don’t need to add to it. Shine through me, please, I pray. Help me to reflect Your glory, Your mindset in a crooked world.

May 20th, Wed, 6:26 am

Power and Authority

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Father, waking up this morning I see (and hear) the might of Your creation. Peals of thunder and pouring rain remind me that You alone are in charge of this world. I cannot slow it down, I cannot stop it. I can only stand in awe of Your power and might!

Jude 25 (<<click  green)

”All glory, majesty, power and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.”

I had read this portion of Scripture yesterday and knew I wanted to look at it again today but hadn’t done so prior to my opening prayer, Lord. Once again You had set my mind down the best path!

“A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E, attitude, attitude, attitude!” That is a phrase that has often been repeated in our home over the years, and what an attitude we have! As a whole mankind has this mindset that we are all powerful, we can do anything we set our mind to, nothing can stop us. Many believe that we have put God in his place on a shelf, in a box marked “Useless Things of the Past.” Oh, but we could not be more wrong!

As I wrote of the storm, I cannot control it. Thinking of the death that awaits us all, I cannot stop it. I can amass great wealth but a fire or a flood or a turn in the world market can quickly bring it all to an end.

King David understood the reality of who we are.

“Our days on earth are like grass
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
The wind blows, and we are gone –
As though we had never been here.”
Psalm 103:15-16

But You, Lord? The last half of the 25th verse of Jude tells us who You truly are. We claim power and authority but they are Yours alone. We exist on this speck of dust but for a breath – but You are eternity!! Thank You, Almighty God, for providing a way – Your death on the cross – for me to be with You, in Your love, for eternity.

“All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Amen!

June 5th, Mon, 6:28 am

Humble Service

Goodness, gracious! My day was packed yesterday, Father, and I’m having an extremely difficult time keeping my eyes open and not keeping my mind on track but getting it on track even! Help me, Father!

1 Peter 5:1-4 (<<click here)

Peter here is speaking to elders – leaders of the church. Lord, 17 years ago this summer the responsibilities of serving as an elder were placed on my shoulders. Service truly is at the core of leadership in Your kingdom. And along with it should be humility, as well.

Peter clearly exemplifies these two characteristics in his writing. He had every “right” to thrust forth his superiority, after all, he was one of the original twelve – he was an apostle. He knew Jesus. He was one of the “inner circle” along with James and John. Jesus called him Peter – meaning “rock” – and said, “upon this rock I will build my church.” Matthew 16:18

If anyone was at the top of the proverbial heap it was Peter. But do we see that? Not a bit! His humility is evident. He identifies himself as “a fellow elder” – that’s it.

Leadership in the church – in God’s kingdom – is a precarious thing. Strong leadership is important – men and women who get things done, visionaries, those who push onward and upward. But without a servant’s heart, without the humility of realizing that their responsibility is to carry out Your will, Lord, without those elements at the forefront of their leading, trouble is just around the corner

Power and control unbridled can so easily lead to the corruption of heart, soul, and mind. Pride can grow to the point where no one can tell us what to do! We get this erroneous mindset that we are above sin and we can delve into whatever forbidden arenas we want. We begin to “lord it over the people assigned to [our] care” instead of leading them “by [our] own good example.”

Lord, may we pray for the leaders of Your Church. May service in humility – as Your life exemplified – be the overarching element that impacts our every action. Lord, may I be a leader under Your terms of service, not my own.

Feb 13th, Mon, 6:37 am

Control Your Tongue

Who needs an alarm clock when I have a Father who loves me so much that he gently wakes me at just the right time so we can spend time together every day? And just about every day is different as to when I have to get up! Thank You, Father, for loving me so much! Thank You for Your patience and for never giving up on me. I am so grateful and blessed to be Your child!

James 1:26 (<<click here)

Lord, I know James will address this topic in more detail later but he mentions it here. “If you…don’t control your tongue…your religion is worthless.”

There is absolutely no way to count the number of times my tongue has gotten me into trouble. From childhood until now, it continues to be unwieldy. It moves before my brain has engaged. Now I must say, Lord, that You have helped me so much in this area. Because of You I stop… and think. I am by no means perfect but You have helped me over and over again to not jump into a gossipy conversation. You have stilled my mouth when I have been tempted to share an unconfirmed “truth” just because I wanted to be “in” or to impress someone. Some things…many things…are better left unsaid.

As Your child, Lord, how can I, on one hand, build people up as You would have me do and then in the very next breath tear them down? If I don’t control my tongue…my religion is worthless.

Holy Spirit, work through me this day. May the words of my mouth clearly communicate to whom I belong and serve with joy!

Aug 20th, Sat, 5:44 am

Love of Money

This is a big day, Father, things to be wrapped up this morning then a drive to the airport as we head out to see our boy! Be with us as we travel. Please, keep us safe. Lay Your hand upon our shoulders that we follow Your leading each day; that though we are away for some time off that we would continue to attune ourselves to how You would have us live. Fill us with love, may we be considerate, may we be compassionate. May the children shine forth their Father’s influence and do You proud.

Hebrews 13:5-6 (<<click here)

Lord, I think our tendency is to play these concepts down. If someone were to ask me if I loved money, I would say, “no.” I just want to make sure our needs are met for the here and now and to assure that we can make it when we can no longer punch the time clock, I wouldn’t say I loved money… but I am quite fond of security. Are they the same thing? Maybe not technically but it’s sure easy for them to control my life.

A lot of it has to do with our attitude about it all. Am I so intent concerning my security that I care little about the needs of others? Am I so diligent in securing my future that I neglect to put my faith in God’s ability to meet my needs? And even if I do trust You to meet those needs, am I not really satisfied with what I receive. “Oh, God, I wanted the green one not the red one!” We can be pretty shallow and selfish.

Lord, help me to trust You more. As Your Word says, You “own the cattle on a thousand hills.” Psalm 50:10 And as I am well aware that is a very all-encompassing statement. There is absolutely, no need that You cannot meet. Help me to be diligent in my labors and enable me to be a good steward with the resources You have so generously bestowed. May I be “satisfied with what I have.” vs.5

June 28th, Tue, 5:17 am