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
Lots of things traipsing through my mind this morning, Father, but I am glad that I can sit with You and that You can pierce through it all. Help me to zero in on what You have for me today. Love You…
Hebrews 11:24-28 (<<click here)
It is interesting, Lord, to think back to Moses’ early years and decisions he made in the light of our cultural mindset. Because he was taken in and raised by Pharaohs’ daughter as a baby, there was literally nothing that was not at his beck and call. But as he grew he saw who he really was – he saw Whose he was – and he turned his back no it all – wealth, power, control, prestige, ease.
I’m sure many today would think that he had lost his mind. He had everything the world strives for and walked away from it all. His focus was higher – his focus was You. What must have gone through his mind as he led the Israelites through the wilderness and all that they longed for was what little they had left behind in Egypt – cucumbers, leeks and fish? And they fought and rebelled against Moses and God because they wanted it so badly. I’m sure more than once Moses thought how foolish they were. He probably wanted to grab them by the shoulders and get in their face and yell, “What in the world are you thinking?! You hardly had a fraction of what I had and you yearn for it. But it is all worth nothing! God has freed You! You are no longer slaves. We are heading to a land that we can call our own. And God, our Father, will go before us. Our every need is met. “What are you thinking?!”
And, Lord, are we any different? We are so blinded by what we want…and it is empty, it is shallow and it will only satisfy us for a short time – then we will want something else. And that’s what we get with an earthly mindset. Here and now is our focus. But here and now is so quickly come and gone. Lord, may I keep my focus on You and help me to be able to encourage others to do the same. True fulfillment, true peace and satisfaction and love is only found in a relationship with You. Amen.
May 20th, Fri, 5:50 am
Already my mind is cluttered this morning, Father. Help me to focus on You. Brush away the clutter so that only you are there. Bless this time together, pray. May I become more and more what you have made me to be.
2 Timothy 3:3d (<<click here)
“…cruel and hate what is good.”
Maybe I am oblivious, Lord, but I cannot recall being on the receiving end of cruelty or hatred. I know that people may have disliked me or have been apathetic to me, but that is about it. Regardless, cruelty and hatred are all too real traits that are fleshed out every day. Many in the world loathe all that is good and wholesome and their only desire is to control and maim – to bring as much pain and suffering consumes their every waking moment.
Lord, I cannot avoid the reality of the perpetrators or their victims, I may not come into contact with them but I can pray for both. Victims obviously can be prayed for – that their suffering would cease, that they would find love and sanity – that they would find You and Your love. When I think of those who have been abused by war or persecuted because of what they believe, when I think of children who have the misfortune of being born into families where love is absent and violence is the norm, I feel like my prayers are far too inadequate to alleviate their pain. But, Lord, You feel their pain as well and You want them to be set free. May Your will be done.
Now on the other hand, perpetrators need prayed for as well. The circumstances of their lives have contributed to who they are and what they do. No one is ever too far from You to be reconciled. I would pray that by whatsoever means necessary that You would reach them, that they would come face to face with the reality of who You are, and turn from their wicked ways – none are beyond hope for none are beyond Hope!
Nov 29th, Sun, 6:25 am
My heart is heavy this morning, Father, as I think on where our world sits right now – the awful events in Paris yesterday and the many lives lost and many others whose lives have changed forever – the racial unrest in our own country – so much pain and heartache. You are the only answer to our misery. But many refuse to even acknowledge Your existence and those who do so often ignore Your power. Use me to accomplish Your will – touch the world through me.
2 Timothy 2:22 (<<click here)
Lord, many of us when young can’t wait to “grow up.” Our greatest desire is to make our own decisions – to control our destinies. But quite often we strive for the unrealistic – the ideals for which we reach are elusive. We reach some goals and they don’t satisfy. Unfortunately the reason we are not fulfilled is that we are reaching for empty things and though we may on occasion grasp them for a moment, they elude as much as if we tried to embrace smoke – we can see it, we can maybe even smell it but we cannot hold on to it.
Lord, help me and those I love “pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love and peace.” These instead are not elusive. They are tangible, abundant and free. They will not pass away, but are eternal. Help me to develop relationships with those of like mind and heat. May I enjoy the “companionship of those who call on” You. I pray that You would enable me to invest in these things and in these kind of people. Amen.
Nov 14th, Sat, 8:11 am
Father, as this day begins my thoughts go towards what it will entail. First, I know I will be a part of two wonderful groups of people. I pray that we will truly worship You in Spirit and truth. May we come together with the expectation of coming into Your presence and eagerly learning from You and being determined to apply what we have learned to our lives. Secondly, Father I would ask that You would be with me and Karen in whatever we decide to do. Help us to cherish our time together and to love each other more and more.
1 Timothy 6:6-10 (<<click here)
One of the most alluring things (and quite often one of the most elusive) in life is wealth. Some are content with little; others are not content with much. Our culture has an insatiable desire for “stuff” and to get it they must have wealth – and many pursue the acquisition of said wealth by whatever means necessary.
Lord, it’s a struggle! We all want our needs met but where do we draw the line? How much is enough? When does our “enough” cross the line over to too much? Lord, help me to find contentment with what I have. Help me to be wise in how I use what You have given me, so my needs will be met and that I can give to others in need, as well. Help me to control the wealth in my life and for it not to control me. Help me to obsess over what is truly important – my relationship with You and how that in turn impacts my relationship with others. Then may I not obsess over what is “here today and gone tomorrow.” “After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it” v.7
Sept 27th, Sun, 6:26 am