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No Cakewalk

no-cakewalk

Father, as I bowed my head at the beginning of our time together this morning, I have pondered aspects of our relationship. And in doing so You have brought an old hymn to mind. This hymn, as many do, gives much food for thought. Written in 1906 by Howard A. Walter it is entitled, “I Would Be True.”

I would be true,
For there are those who trust me;
I would be pure,
for there are those who care;
I would be strong,
For there is much to suffer;
I would be brave,
For there is much to dare.

I would be friend of all –
The foe, the friendless;
I would be giving,
And forget the gift;
I would be humble,
For I know my weakness;
I would look up,
And laugh, and love, and lift.

I would be faithful
Through each passing moment;
I would be constantly
In touch with God;
I would be strong
To follow where he leads me;
I would have faith
To keep the path Christ trod.

Lord, living out our relationship is not easy. It was never intended to be a cake walk. The life You lead, the example You set while living amongst us shows this all to be true. Following You, being Your disciple, calls for diligent, consistent dedication. By Your Spirit, we are enabled to do so but we cannot take our eyes off of You – as an inspiration to not give up – for our destination, eternity with You, is more than worth it! Amen.

Nov 22nd, Tues, 4:40 am

Prayer of the Righteous

As Your word is before me, Father, I would ask that You open its truths to me. May I glean from it the wisdom You have instilled in it. Implant it in my heart. May it flourish and bear fruit in my life. Amen.

James 5:13-18 (<<click here)

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” v16b

The importance of prayer is obvious and as Paul admonishes us, we must “never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 That seems like a formidable task, especially when we think of positions in which we pray – eyes closed and head bowed in church or at home. How can we possibly “never stop praying”? The act of prayer is essential but our position of prayer is fluid.

Lord, You commanded us in Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

Growing up my family made a point of beginning every long distance trip with prayer. We all would bow our heads and close our eyes and my father, our driver, would say that he would, “Watch and pray.”

So in life, we can pray in absolutely any circumstance – anytime, anywhere, with anyone, or all alone. But regardless of the when’s and the where’s, regardless of the position of our bodies, one thing that is of utmost importance is the condition of our souls.

In James’ statement if our prayers are to be effective we must be “righteous” which is a state of being right with God. We must be justified before God – we must be recipients of His forgiveness. To be justified communicates that idea that we are placed in a position in which it can be said that it is “just as if I’d” never sinned.

Lord, if I am to be effective in my prayers for You I must be diligent about keeping myself in right standing before You. Help me to keep myself pure. If I stumble or fall may I immediately ask for forgiveness. May I be the child You need me to be and may my prayers produce “wonderful results.”  Amen.

Oct 10th, Mon, 6:23 am

Love of Money

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

That’s a Wrap

Father, today is Your day – and not just because it is the Sabbath. If I am to be victorious in living my life for You, every day must be Your day. I must keep my eyes focused on You. Help me, Father, to do so.

2 Timothy 4:19-22 (<<click here)

And for Paul, that’s a wrap. No more letters. No more missionary journeys. From his life-changing encounter with You, Lord, on the road to Damascus, his life in its entirety was devoted to You. As he writes the final lines in his final letter, he looks briefly back remembering some whom had traveled with him, and prayed with him and had supported and worked alongside him. He had diligently worked to spread the Gospel far and wide and had strived to assure that it would not die with him but through the lives of people, like Timothy, would continue to impact the world.

Lord, what an example! Paul held nothing back and due in part to his tenacity the Good News of the Gospel continues to effect lives today. You were able to use Paul during his lifetime and You continue to impact the world with the words inspirationally given to him.

I am no Paul, Lord, but I give myself to You to use as You will. Help me to listen and when I have heard, may I act. And when I act may I do so with wisdom and courage so that I, too, may proclaim Your word to a world that truly needs Your Good News!

Jan 10th, Sun, 6:32 am

GO!

Thank You, Father, for such a good day yesterday. It was a good day at work, with a luncheon served to supervisors by our management team. I enjoyed spending time with Karen running a few errands AND we picked Massey up at the airport for Christmas break! A great ending to a great day! Thank You, Father, for Your many blessings!

2 Timothy 4:1-2 (<<click here)

”preach the word of God.” – motivated by the fact that we all will stand to be judged by God

“patiently”– everything we do – “correct, rebuke and encourage” must be done with patience – love being implied

Lord, what a call to ministry! Timothy was being admonished by Paul, as am I. Timothy was a faithful pastor, as am I. But, Lord, this is not just a call to pastors. Jesus, You said that we all are to be Your witnesses “…to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) At that moment You were speaking to Your disciples but Your Great Commission is for us all. We are believers today because Timothy and thousands like him were faithful to their mission. And it is vital that we also spread the Good News. My Study Bible* states, “Half the people who have ever lived are alive today, and most of them do not know Christ.” What a task we find before us! Lord, may we all willingly, and enthusiastically answer Your call to proclaim You to our world. And, Lord, may we be patient, though diligent, in everything we do – loving people with the love only You can provide!

Dec 22nd, Tue, 8:52 am