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Grow

A full weekend but a good weekend! Thank You, Father, for Your watching over us in our travels. Thank You for Your presence. Thank You for the love You have given us and the love we have for each other. I pray for Your guiding hand throughout the up-and-coming week. Amen.

Revelation 2:19 (<<click green)

One of the most important aspects of our relationship with You, Lord, is that we are to grow. We should be having “constant improvement” in the areas of love…faith…service, and…patient endurance.”

My study Bible* reminds me that, “Because the times are critical, we must spend our days wisely and faithfully.” Lord, do I do that? In a recent sermon, I reminded my congregations that You have given every one of us exactly 86,400 seconds to use at our discretion. Do we use them “wisely and faithfully”?

I realize that we all need down time but It can be easy to accomplish nothing with the time we have. Others can run from sun up to sundown busying themselves with all kinds of things. But if we are not seeking “constant improvement” in the areas of “love…faith…service, and…patient endurance” what good is it all?

Lord, help me today to examine what I do and how I do it. May the many aspects of my life be pleasing in Your sight. Help me to conscientiously be moving forward in my relationship with You. “Because the times are critical” may I be constantly be seeking Your directive in every facet of my life. Amen.

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

July 17th, Mon, 6:52 am

Me, Critical?

In the quiet of this morning, I join You, Father. You have been awaiting my arrival. May I take advantage and cherish very moment that we have together. May I be a hearer and a doer of Your word. Amen

James 4:11-12 (<<click here)

“If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law.”

When thinking this passage through, Lord, I have to first remind myself of what the Law boils down to. When You were asked what the most important commandment was, You succinctly summarized the law down to the word “Love” – loving You with all of our heart, soul and mind and right along with it – loving each other. Matthew 22:35-40

We are called to, first of all, love You and out of that love we are to love others. There are no exceptions. There is no time off. Love God, love others – period. It’s not complicated but it’s not easy either!

Lord, as I examine my life, there is not a single day that goes by when I am not critical or judgmental of someone – the person who doesn’t know how to drive, the one who doesn’t hold the same political perspective as I do, the individual who doesn’t do things at work the way I think they should be done, the server who doesn’t keep my drink filled to my satisfaction in a restaurant, the loved one who doesn’t meet my level of expectations, the audacity someone would have to not live out their relationship with You the way I think they should. Boy, that list was way too easy to write out! And worse, I could go on!!

First of all, I’m sorry – forgive me…

Secondly, this is too ingrained in my brain to take on and eradicate on my own.  I need You and Your power. Your love in me is the only way I can overcome the lifestyle of criticism and judgmentalism. I’ve heard Your word, help me to be a doer.

Sept 27th, Tues, 6:37 am