Father, I am grateful that my life is in Your hands. Some days go smoothly, some can be a real challenge but it is a great comfort having you by my side all along the way. Help me to use this day in ways that will bring glory to Your name – may my time be used wisely, may my interactions be full of Your love, may my preparations for Sunday be focused and productive. May my eyes be continually on You.
2 Timothy 3:4 (<<click here)
“…pride… pleasure rather than God.”
Lord, the thing that pulls me most away from You is me. In Romans 8:38-39 states “that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.” And the list he provides is surely true. Absolutely nothing… outside of me… can separate me from God’s love. (Though in all truth even if I pull away, God will not stop loving me.) But, Lord, even though I knew better – even though it makes absolutely zero sense – insignificant things of this world lure me from Your side.
The “pleasures” of this world are short-lived, they are in no way sustaining…and many times they are detrimental to me. But when they call to me, I am still drawn to them.
Lord, I am grateful that I am still very much drawn to Your voice. I may stumble. I may even fall but You are there to lift me up. I am grateful, too, that Your presence in my life is so much more prominent that though I may stumble that my falls are much more infrequent and I don’t fall as far or hard. Thank You, for Your patience. Thank You for Your never-ending love. Enable me to persevere. May I remain strong in You – for there is no other way.
Dec 1st, Tues, 6:53 am
It is difficult to focus this morning, Father. Learning of the death of a close friend is shocking to say the least. I pray that Your children will reach out to his family and friends during this difficult time. Continue to use his life to touch many other lives even in his death He was truly a faithful servant of Yours and will be missed.
2 Timothy 2:22b (<<click here)
“Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.”
Lord, I really need to share a little more in regards to Scott’s passing. This passage of scripture says a lot about our relationship. I have never claimed to be perfect – I stumble and fall and struggle. I am a real person. I feel Scott was the same way. He loved You with all of who he was. He was no more perfect than I but he called on You with a pure heart. In his service as an Army chaplain he touched innumerable lives. I’m sure he impacted many who may have never heard of You but because of Your call on Scott’s life, blemishes and all, they were shown what a true man of God looked like.
I continue to be amazed, Lord, how You can take the little that we have to offer – imperfect though it may be – and can use it the way you do Though many still resist the truth of who You are, You still touch and move us. Your love will forever motivate us.
Lord, I pray that Scott’s impact will carry on like ripples in the water. That the lives he touched, mine included, will continue to be reminded of what You meant to him and that we in turn will pass Your love along. May the ripples continue.
Nov 16th, Mon, 5:13 am
Thank You Father, for that extra 30 minutes of light thoughts. Just the comfort of closing my eyes helped! Let’s see what you have for me today!
Grace and peace…
Grace – God’s unmerited favor to us
In Paul’s simple greeting he asks that we receive Your grace. Simple, but by no means shallow! Where would I be without Your grace! It is truly AMAZING!! Thank You, that You extend Your favor to me, I definitely don’t deserve it but You give it to me over and over again. When I’m good, when I’m bad, thoughtless, loving, careless, ignorant, when I fail, fall, stumble. When I’m obedient and do what is pleasing in Your sight – You always extend Your grace! I’m grateful – help me to live out my life in gratitude.
Peace – to be complete and sound – a right relationship with God.
Not just an absence of conflict but a completeness found only in a right relationship with You. Lord, I would ask that today, no matter what comes my way, that I would have a peace in my life that can only be found and lived out in You. May the peace lived out in my life be a witness to You and bring You glory!
May 11th, Monday, 6:33 am