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What? Me Worry?

Father, today has been a very productive day…so productive that I am having a hard time keeping my eyes open! Thank You for the strength and ability to do what I’ve done. Thank You for the opportunity to speak to those who encourage me in what I do. Thank You most of all for the inspiration that You give me each and every day.

Philippians 4:6 (<<click here)

“Don’t worry about anything: instead pray about everything.”

I sit here worrying about how to respond to this passage. I sit here praying about how to respond to this passage. That’s just crazy! As I read this passage, my first thought was, “I don’t worry that much.” Now maybe there are things I don’t worry about that others do but I do worry about things. Some of those things to others would be silly. Like, many times I would really like responding to people’s posts on Facebook – I find things inspiring or sometimes posts just touch me, they make me think, they make me realize important things, they bring tears to my eyes. But then I worry, what should I say, how should I say it, will they think I’m stupid, or odd or that I’m out of touch with reality or that I’m putting too much into what they were saying. And this can occupy my thoughts for hours. That’s just crazy!

Lord, help me…Your Word says, “Don’t worry about anything.” Guide my thoughts and actions in directions that will impact Your kingdom. If something I can say or do will draw someone to You or shed a ray of light into the darkness of this world or will provide others with a quick embrace of Your love… so be it.

Jesus, help me to pray – and act – worrying just keeps the wheels spinning but gets me, nor Your kingdom anywhere.

Lord, You surely work in wonderful ways! I’ve told You “what [I] need”  And right now “I thank you for all you have done”  and all You will do. You love me and You want me to succeed – not success as the world defines it, but success in that I will more and more fulfill my role as Your child – bringing glory to Your name!

June 1st, 2015, Mon, 8:28 am

Grateful

Father, it has surely been a crazy week! And I am so grateful that we have not had to go it alone. Thank you for your generous gift of love and care.

Thank you for men and women who have dedicated their lives to helping others and thank you for the gifts you have given them so they can do it to the best of their abilities. Your mighty works shine forth every day through the lives of doctors and nurses. Bless them, Father; give them the strength they need for each new day. Expand their patience (if they could even have any more!) for their patients, for the administrations for which they labor and for each other as they work hand in hand to touch the lives of so many.

Thank you for family and friends, who when asked, say a prayer for situations that come before them daily. Thank you for those who take the opportunity to physically reach and touch when they have the chance. Thank you for those who do not forget but remember us and our loved ones, not just once, but throughout the day and over many days if necessary, lifting us up to the only One who really has any control of any of it all.

Thank you, Father, for your presence and your love and mercy. We would be lost and forlorn without you. Thank you for making us. Thank you for seeking us out even we have run away. Thank you for never giving up on us. Amen.

Dec. 2nd, Fri, 5:30 am

Bleed Love

Once more, Father, I give this day over to You. Thank You for being at the helm of my life. Yesterday, I know You were with me. You guided my thoughts, enabling me to live out Your will in my life. You enabled me to be kind when I wanted to be short. You helped me side step temptations. You granted my strength when I was weary. I am truly blessed…

Philemon 1-7 (<<click here)

Before Paul brings up the reason for this piece of correspondence with Philemon, he affirms who Philemon is. He is a good guy. He has a reputation of living out Christ’s love. He’s not just a talker – he’s a doer.

Lord, many of us can talk a good talk but when it comes to living it out…it’s not so easy. There are times in even good people’s lives when our goodness seems to wear thin and it would be so much easier to lash out. And what’s crazy is that it doesn’t have to be some major altercation that tempts us to snap.

Just yesterday, a customer was looking for a silver chain and she said something, that for whatever reason, I took exception to. In my heart and mind anger flared up. In reality it was trivial – so trivial that I can’t even bring what she said to mind less than 24 hours after it was said. But Lord, thanks to You, I quickly doused the fire checked my attitude and served her as she deserved, with love and respect.

In this situation goodness prevailed but I’m sorry to say that although this is the norm, that it is not always my response. If I am weary or if my toes get stepped on enough times in a row or for that matter if certain “buttons” get pushed, I can snap and lash out. I can say things that don’t need said. I do things that don’t need done! And once things are said and done they cannot be unsaid and undone.

Lord, I pray that more and more Your love will prevail in my life. Fill me so full of Your love that if I do get poked or prodded that though it may draw blood that all I will bleed is love… being more like You each and every day.

Feb 9th, Tues, 5:52 am

SEX!!!!!

Another beautiful day, all thanks to You, Father! May I use the time given to me, to do and say and be what You would give You the most glory! For You alone are worthy, praise Your holy name!

I Thessalonians 4:1-8 (<<click here)

Lord, today’s passage is totally pertinent in the world in which I find myself. In our downfall we are a sex driven society and it is nigh impossible to not be impacted by it. TV, internet, magazines, email, music, Facebook, movies, our attire – EVERYTHING is sex laden! It is very difficult for me and most everyone else to not be effected in some way! But you call us to be HOLY, and being holy means to be set apart. Being “like You” means being “different from the world.” (biblehub.com)

Lord, following You means I want to be like You! You are holy, so I am to be holy. Your Word clearly calls us to sexual purity. I am called to love You with all of my heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love others as I love myself (Luke 10:27). To be very clear here this is to be Your definition of love not the world’s. So if I am to fulfill the command to love I will not do anything that would make me hurt someone else from a sexual perspective. Obviously, I will take no physical action sexually but even thinking sexual thoughts is harmful outside the context of my marital relationship. It is detrimental to me and if it became known to Karen or any other party to whom I am having sexual thoughts, it would be detrimental to them as well. Detrimental does not equal love.

Lord, the culture in which I live bucks this like crazy but sex outside of a marital relationship is sin! This is the only context in which we can be 100% committed and that is to our husband or wife. Marriage is a covenantal relationship – to love (by Your definition) till “death us do part.” I know it’s not easy but it’s the way it is supposed to be! Anything else and in any other context, and we are outside of Your will…no matter how solid a relationship is.

Lord, protect our marriages – keep them pure. Help us to love each other as You have called us to. Lord, help those outside of marital relationships to be pure and to avoid the pitfalls of sexual interaction. For those who have not crossed that line – keep them strong and help them wait. For those who have fallen, give them a fresh start, a clean slate as they seek Your love and forgiveness. Help us all, all followers of You, to be set apart – to be different from the world!

July 23rd, Thurs, 7:17 am

What? Me Worry?

Thank You, Father, for a wonderful day yesterday!  I enjoyed our worship times and am so grateful that we could feel Your presence there. Please, help me more and more to come in time with You…with what You want to take place at both Beulah and Liberty Chapel. Also, thank You for such a great day with Karen and Massey, I cherish our times together! As life marches on, these times, as You well know, get farther and farther apart. Bless our time with one another; Help us savor every moment, Father, thank You for my family!

Philippians 4:6 (<<click here)

“Don’t worry about anything: instead pray about everything.” v6a

I sit here worrying about how to respond to this passage. I sit here praying about how to respond to this passage. That’s just crazy! As I read this passage, my first thought was, “I don’t worry that much.” Now maybe there are things I don’t worry about that others do but I do worry about things. Some of those things to others would be silly. Like, many times I would really like responding to people’s posts on Facebook – I find things inspiring or sometimes posts just touch me, they make me think, they make me realize important things, they bring tears to my eyes. But then I worry, what should I say, how should I say it, will they think I’m stupid, or odd or that I’m out of touch with reality or that I’m putting too much in to what they were saying. And this can occupy my thoughts for hours. That’s just crazy!

Lord, help me…Your Word says, “Don’t worry about anything.” Guide my thoughts and actions in directions that will impact Your kingdom. If something I can say or do will draw someone to You or shed a ray of light into the darkness of this world or will provide others with a quick embrace of Your love… so be it.

Jesus, help me to pray – and act – worrying just keeps the wheels spinning but gets me, nor Your kingdom anywhere.

Lord, You surely work in wonderful ways! I’ve told You “what [I] need” v6b And right now “I thank you for all you have done” v6c and all You will do. You love me and You want me to succeed – not success as the world defines it, but success in that I will more and more fulfill my role as Your child – bringing glory to Your name!

June 1st, Mon, 8:28 am