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Don’t Complain – Pray!

Father, You are worthy of all my praise! Each and every day You fill my life with blessing after blessing and I don’t thank You nearly enough. Every breath I take, every beat of my heart, every sight I behold, every sound I hear, every single thing! – is from Your generous hand! I deserve none of it and have earned none of it but You give and give. Thank You, Father, for Your wonderful gift of life and for the utterly unfathomable gift of salvation enabling me to be blessed with Your presence and love for all eternity!

1 Timothy 2:2-4 (<<click here)

Lord, the passage points out one of my many failings- praying for “all who are in authority.” Now right up front, I totally understand that You love everyone – no exclusions. There is absolutely no one so separated from You that Your love cannot reach. I accept those truths. I embrace them.

My failing is not the inability to love them (which can be a challenge) but my failing is that I don’t pray for them nearly enough – in fact, I rarely do! It is so much easier to complain about them and to share my dislike for them; those are the things on which I focus.

I would ask Lord, that You would burden my heart to pray for those in authority – those in my community, our schools, my family, at work, our civil servants, our government officials (on every level from the township to the oval office), our military. Even those who are from other countries and not my own, we all need You in our lives “for You want everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” Help me to pray as such!

August 30th, Sun, 6:53 am

Ready

I love being here with You, Father, in the quiet of the morning. My day has not crowded in. it is fresh and clean as it lies before me. Let us walk this day together hand in Yours. Amen.

1 John 3:2-3 (<<click here)

As a whole, family gatherings are joyous occasions. But they don’t just happen. There is a lot of time and attention that go into preparing for the big day, especially if you’re hosting the event – vacuuming, dusting, cleaning, baking, cooking, ironing, decorating – everything in its place and as perfect as it can be. Then when our guests arrive there are lots of smiles and hugs and kisses and laughter all around. Getting ready for it all was a lot of hard work but it is so worth it!

We don’t know when it will happen, Lord, but You are coming. And this time it’s not to stay with us but to take us home with You! Everything will be in its place and it will be perfect… period! You will have everything ready for us but we have a responsibility, too. We must be ready for You!

As John admonishes us,

“And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he [Christ] is pure.”

Your Holy Spirit, Lord, helps us prepare for our meeting. Keeping ourselves pure is surely not an easy task but with Your help, we can do it. It’s a lot of hard work but it will be so worth it!

Lord, may I be eager to keep myself pure, for our meeting day is getting closer every day!

Apr 25th, Tues, 6:33 am

Grateful

Father, it has surely been a crazy week! And I am so grateful that we have not had to go it alone. Thank you for your generous gift of love and care.

Thank you for men and women who have dedicated their lives to helping others and thank you for the gifts you have given them so they can do it to the best of their abilities. Your mighty works shine forth every day through the lives of doctors and nurses. Bless them, Father; give them the strength they need for each new day. Expand their patience (if they could even have any more!) for their patients, for the administrations for which they labor and for each other as they work hand in hand to touch the lives of so many.

Thank you for family and friends, who when asked, say a prayer for situations that come before them daily. Thank you for those who take the opportunity to physically reach and touch when they have the chance. Thank you for those who do not forget but remember us and our loved ones, not just once, but throughout the day and over many days if necessary, lifting us up to the only One who really has any control of any of it all.

Thank you, Father, for your presence and your love and mercy. We would be lost and forlorn without you. Thank you for making us. Thank you for seeking us out even we have run away. Thank you for never giving up on us. Amen.

Dec. 2nd, Fri, 5:30 am

Invited to the Table

It was a very full weekend, Father, and it is a great comfort to have our time together this morning. May I be attentive to what You would have me learn from You this day – not just now but as we walk together through the hours ahead. Amen.

A passage from The Valley of Vision strikes me this morning.

Thou hast seen an abhorred all my sins and
     couldst easily and justly have punished me,
     yet thou hast spared me,
                                 been gracious unto me,
                                 given me thy help,
                                 invited me to thy table.

Lord, I will never cease to be amazed at the grace You so freely extend to me. It seems that I consistently give You ample reason not to but over and over again You lavish me with Your love. You are always there for me…

The portion of today’s Puritan prayer that caught my mind’s eye is “yet thou hast… invited me to thy table.” It could refer to Your communion table but my thoughts went to a simple table of fellowship.

Some of my fondest memories are times when family or friends or even strangers have gathered with me, around a table, sharing a common meal together. Food is shared but so is laughter and stories. Love and fondness, joy and gladness are a part of our time, trust, and acceptance, too.

And You, Lord, invite me to Your table, as well. We share these things, too. I am welcomed – I am cherished. Oh, what a blessing! Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy, grace, and love. Amen.

Oct 24th, Mon, 6:17 am

Vacation!

 

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Father, it has been ten days since we have sat down like this together. Taking some time to be with Massey, as well as, the Texas Youghs was wonderful! We had the opportunity to see and experience lots of things together. I truly cherish the time I get to spend with family.

Father, I cherish my time with You as well. And even though sitting down with You each morning wasn’t a part of the last few days routine, we have been together. I didn’t take a vacation from You. What a precious opportunity to have Your presence with me throughout each day, Holy Spirit! You guided my steps, You directed my thoughts. You enabled me to stand true to You. I may have left my home and routine for a few days but I didn’t leave You and I had the blessed assurance You’re not leaving me , as well. Thank You, Lord, for Your great love and for watching over me and my family…

I’ve enjoyed my time away, Lord, but it’s now time to step back into the routine. Help me in this day to be who You need me to be – to stand as a lighthouse in a dark and stormy world. May all lovers of You do so today. There seems to be more evil each day and we are desperately needed. May we humbly walk with You. I acknowledge that You are our only hope. Without You in our lives everything we touch is doomed to failure. Fulfillment is found only in You. Amen – so be it!

July 8th, Fri, 6:33 am