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I Have Issues!

Father, as this day begins, I want to consciously hand it over to You. You have truly – miraculously – changed many things in me for the better. But we both know that You are not finished with me. Father, please help me be the person You want me to be. My brain cannot process all the why’s in regards to my anger issues but Father, You and I know they need to be dealt with! I am incapable of dealing with them but, Father, You are not! Help me address them and help me to love others as You do. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:15-17 (<<click here)

Lord, it was difficult writing out today’s prayer. None of us like to announce, “I have issues!” But as Paul proclaims in v.15, “This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’- and I am the worst of them all.” And I like Paul, can say, “But God had mercy on me…” v.16a

I am, by no means, perfect. I truly strive to be obedient to Your call on my life as a follower of You, Lord. But it is no secret that I fail. I say things I shouldn’t say – hurtful things. I do things I shouldn’t do – my anger spews forth and I don’t stop it. I think things unbecoming a child of God – perverse things, hateful things. “But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.” v.16

“Great patience…” O, Lord, where would I be without Your “great patience.” Once again I join Paul in proclaiming “All honor and glory to God forever and ever!… Amen.” v.17

Without You I would surely be lost. Only because of You am I found. Yes, I most assuredly have a multitude of things to work on but, thanks be to God, I’m not on my own! Lord, You are with me, You love me more than I will ever truly comprehend on this side of eternity and You, the Creator of all that is, You want me to succeed! I will be victorious!…but only because of You. Amen!

August 25th, Tue, 5:57 am

Poke the Bear?

Good morning, Father. Thank You for answered prayers; for getting us here safely. I am so grateful for opportunities to be with family and to meet new people. Please bless this day as we gather to worship You. Be with Eric as he stands before the churches You have given me. Bless him; bless them. May we all be challenged and fed.

2 Thessalonians 1:1-10 (<< click here)

As I begin this epistle, Lord, I see another aspect of Paul’s personality. It’s easy to think of Paul as a “tough- love” kind of guy. He was a great leader and by no means did he shy away from dealing with difficult issues or situations. You chose him because of those traits buy You also chose him because he so personified Your love – he fleshed it out. He loved the church in Thessalonica but he had to deal with some thorny issues. His love didn’t make him hesitant to correct them and their deviation from the acceptable didn’t make him hesitant to love them. Getting to the point- he was You to them!

Lord, I would ask that You would enable me to be that kind of leader – for that matter, that those traits would emanate from me as a follower as well. It’s easy to want to avoid difficult situations (and people) and sometimes “poking the bear” isn’t the best course of action but sometimes in order to move forward things have to be addressed. Help me to know the difference. And regardless of what the response should be help me to respond in Your love. May it be genuine, not self-seeking, or self-preserving. May it be sacrificial if need be. Help me to be a reflection of You.

August 9th, Sun, 6:49 am – TX time 🙂

Authentically Genuine

Father, thank You for Your presence this morning. Thank You for making it possible for me to come before You. Only because of the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ, only because His blood covers my sins which are many can I be here with You.  I can never begin to thank You enough for Your grace and mercy, so undeserved but so generously extended. Take this day of mine and use it, use me, as You will. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 (<<click here)

Lord, I am called to love other believers and for the most part that is an easily achievable goal. But how I live my life before those who don’t believe, that can be a bit more difficult. You are surely working with me in this area. I know Your Spirit often stops me mid-thought from speaking or doing something that would be a poor reflection of You. I am to live and respond as You would, as someone who is authentically genuine and considerate, strong and insightful. Enable me to be more discerning in my conversations. May all my interactions be saturated in love – in Your love channeling through this vessel of clay. May I be found worthy to be called by Your name. I give myself over to You today, Jesus.

July 24th, Fri, 6:26 am

Prayer and a Good Grilled Cheese

Father, thank You for a good night’s sleep and for gently waking me this morning. Your love is such a constant in my life. It is a river of peace and encouragement which never runs dry. What an awesome source of refreshment and sustenance! Help me to drink from it throughout this day. Remind to “jump in” when I need revived. Enable me to be a beacon shining bright, so others may share in this great Resource, too!

Colossians 4:2 (<<click here)

“Devoted to prayer”  “alert mind”  “thankful heart”

Some of the best things in life are not complicated. We can make them complicated but at their core they are quite simple, sort of like a grilled cheese sandwich. Even I can make a good grilled cheese. All it takes is bread, cheese and butter. It’s not that difficult.

Prayer – it’s not that difficult. Paul’s recipe is quite simple – devotion, an alert mind and a thankful heart.

Lord, help me to pray. Sometimes we feel like it has to be this huge list of requests that is tough to get through and we just can’t take the time to go through it in one sitting. Paul elsewhere directs us to “never stop praying” I Thessalonians 5:17 and our initial response is usually “I can’t pray all the time – I have way too much to get done!” When Paul says to “devote ourselves to prayer” it’s more of a mindset. “Lord guide and direct me throughout this day.”

Prayer is not just about talking – it’s also about listening. Getting in the habit, devoting ourselves to prayer helps us to be more attuned to hearing God’s voice of guidance. And that’s where an “alert mind” comes in. Lord, we have to pay attention! So many things distract us! And we have to be alert because as Peter says in 1 Peter 5:8 our “enemy the devil prowls around like a raging lion looking for someone to devour” Prayer helps us to pay attention to do good and to avoid and/or stand up to evil.

The last ingredient then, is a “thankful heart.” There is nothing better to keep us focused in life. Humble gratitude enables us to realize that we didn’t get where we are through sheer talent and hard work. Those are surely elements but they are also gifts our Creator has given us. Understanding that keeps as focused on Him – we need His support and guidance to get us through this life. Being thankful also goes a long way to keep our own pride in check. Acknowledging God’s generosity in our lives keeps us humble. This makes us better servants, too. We all are part of God’s loving creation and we are called to love each other.

Lord, this day and in all the days ahead, may I be devoted to prayer, help my mind to be alert to You and what’s around me and help me to give thanks when it is due and to humbly serve You in my interactions with others. Amen!

July 2nd, Thurs, 6:59 am

Definitely check out the movie, War Room, it’s a great motivator for prayer!

Pass It On!

Father, Your are so faithful and I praise Your holy name! I am so undeserving but You love me despite my failings. Thank You for waking me this morning – You help me in so many ways – You deserve all of my love!

Philippians 2:19-24 (<<click here)

Where I am at at this time this passage is difficult to workout. Lord, it seems that it is dealing with a mindset of passing on the mantel of responsibility at church, at work and for the most part at home. I really don’t have anyone to pass on to. Help me to see if there is and if not bring individuals into my life that I can mentor.

To some degree, there may be some at work, not so much to pass along skills of the trade but otherwise – a couple names come to mind and possibly others. Lord, please help me to take advantage of “teachable” moments – even with other people with which I interact. Guide my thoughts and motives and actions by Your directions. Use me as would benefit Your kingdom and Your agenda.

May 24th, Sun, 6:13 am