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A Man After God’s Own Heart

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Father, I am trusting that it was You that got me up an hour earlier than the usual. I went back to bed at first but the more I lied there the more I felt You were calling me to join You. I knew it wasn’t the enemy waking me – he surely doesn’t want us spending time together! So here we are. What would You say to me today, for I am here to listen.

As I sit here rocking in the recliner, Lord, I just can’t stop thinking about where I found myself last night. Karen and I both love our family very much, so we went to support Karen’s cousin’s family at a memorial service for a brother-in-law… Rob is his name. He was just a few months younger than me and he had lost a hard fought battle with cancer.

I had met him and knew who he was but I didn’t really know him. But last night’s service sure opened my eyes. Beyond any doubt, Rob was a brother in Christ. Many shared of his devotion to You, Lord – of his determination to proclaim You to a world who so desperately needed to know. He held nothing back in his investment in the kingdom – wonderful stories of changed lives. He lived out Your call on his life.

But one thing that must be stressed is that Rob was, by no means, a cookie cutter Christian. From a distance “typical” Christians would have had no idea that he lived his life for You – not because he didn’t live out his love for You but because he was not your “stereotypical” Christian. He was a biker through and through, long hair pulled back in a ponytail, mechanic, leather wearing, hard as nails kind of guy. The kind of guy some would have been scared to death to run into in a dark alley…until they got to know him. Rob wasn’t perfect – none of us are. But many years ago God broke though and found a “man after my own heart…” and most importantly Rob fleshed out the rest of Acts 13:22, too, “he will do everything I want him to do.”

He may have been unconventional but he was the real deal. There was no pretense – no façade – what You saw was what you got. One (of several) pastors that shared last night said something to the effect that in living out his life for Christ Rob didn’t strive to be like other Christians – his hard pressed goal was to be like Christ. And even beyond what family and friends closest to him knew, those whose lives touched Rob Barclay’s knew the love and devotion of a man after God’s own heart. May we all have no less of a goal.

Feb 8th, Mon, 5:21 am

I Am a Cup

It’s hard to believe that what caused me to wake up several times this morning for fear I would miss is something I wasn’t even thinking of doing a year ago! But Father I do not want to miss our special time together. Granted at this point the compulsive part of my personality may be making a contribution but it’s all good! Father, You made me and whatever it takes to get me up and at it with You is fine by me! Bless our time together; speak to me for I am listening…

I’m not exactly sure what he said, but a radio preacher got my mind going down a certain track. Then end result was – I am a cup. (Profound, huh?) At the beginning of each day I get to fill it with whatever I want. It is a choice but it is also possible to relinquish that choice and to just let the day fill it with whatever it will. A big problem, though with going that route is that all kinds of junk can be dumped in my cup – anger…apathy…bitterness…envy…lust…revenge…need I go on? And more often than not these things will leave a residue in my cup.

In the past when I’ve made chocolate milk, sometimes the chocolate syrup sticks to the side of my cup even with lots of stirring and scraping. Now what was in my cup was very good but if it is not cleaned properly the residue that was left will still be there the next day when I go to use my cup again. So unless I take care to clean my cup, each day’s residue will continue to accumulate and before too long things begin to taste funny. If I’m not careful it can even begin to affect my health.

That’s one way I can go about being a cup but is not the only way. I am a cup who knows its Maker! Those individuals who make things usually know a great deal about their care. God made me and who better to help me care for myself?

Each morning now, I start off clean – no accumulating residue to mess things up. And each day God fills me. He fills me with himself and all the good things that make Him who He is…love….patience…forgiveness…purity…devotion…joy…and boy, could I go on! And He doesn’t just fill me a little, His fill is to overflowing! It is clean and pure and whole and it fills my every need. And my overflow can’t help but splash those around me – some get a little sprinkle but if they get close enough they might just get drenched! What could be better than that!?

There’s a song that comes to mind that communicates these thoughts so clearly – “Fill My Cup, Lord.”

Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”

     Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up Lord;
     Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
     Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
     Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

There are millions in this world who are craving
The pleasures earthly things afford.
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.

So my brother if the things that this world gave you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray—

Words & Music by Richard Blanchard

Lord, fill me this day. Use me as You will. Help me drench those around me with all that You are! Amen!

Feb 6th, Sat, 5:11 am

Calling All Husbands!

Newlyweds

You have greatly blessed me Father. It would be very difficult to make a list of my blessings without missing something, I am sure. But one of my most cherished blessings is Karen. Over 33 years ago You orchestrated our coming together. And though we have been through good times and bad You have been with us. With Your holding us so close to You, You’ve held us close to each other. Thank You so much for answered prayers. I have never been a perfect companion but You continue to work on me and I still ask of You that I will continue to strive to be th10341694_10201041654843241_4552466758843371744_ne husband she deserves. Help me, each day, to see her through Your eyes, to love her with Your heart, to enfold her with Your arms. Help us to be the couple You have called us to be – to impact our world with the Good News of which we are so blessed to be a part. Thank You, Father.

And, Father, at this moment I would pray for husbands that I know in particular. Some men have been husbands for many years, help them to cherish the time they have remaining. Help them to continue to give themselves over to You so they will be able to sacrificially love their wives no matter what life throws at them, illness, disease, loss of mental faculties. Help them to “be strong through the grace that God gives [them] in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1 For sometimes we have to be strong for her and for ourselves.

Then I would pray for those husbands going through the transitions of life – changes in body, changes into “empty-nester” mode. Every stage of life has its challenges – we can remain victorious when we remain in You!

Then lastly this morning Father I would pray for young husbands. I know so many who are still basically newlyweds. New lives together, new additions to be loved as well. Father may You be with these young men – sojourners on a new great adventure! Give them strength, give them fortitude. Early on may they find that dependence upon You will change everything for the best. The sooner they grasp that truth the better.

Father, help us all to give ourselves over to You so that You can use us to touch the lives of those around us. In and through You, we can change the world!

Oct 31st, Sat, 8:41 am

*FYI – I wrote this post simply because I love my wife! It doesn’t mark an anniversary of any nature. We started dating in March of 1983 and got married in June of 1986. Next Summer, Lord willing, we will celebrate 30 years of marriage!