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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

Family

Dear Father, I didn’t realize until after I was up that I had slept clear through the night! Thank You! Its things like that that helps me to feel Your love for me. Some may say, “You were just really tired.” Or “Your body didn’t need to get up” but I don’t buy that for a moment it was a gift from my loving Father.

And that’s not all. My God has been so faithful to wake me each morning, and I have obediently risen now for 42 days in a row! He also gave me a little extra today – 30 minutes more to be exact. He loves me in the little things, too!

But that is still not all! When I woke it was from a beautiful dream. A little over 3 weeks ago I was able to write the names of newborn twin girls on my prayer list. I knew their mother when I served as Children’s Pastor several years ago, she was in middle school then. Lord, she has grown up to be a wonderful Christian woman. She and her husband serve as medical missionaries with their two young boys. But I digress…:)

Back to my dream…we were in a public setting and this young lady was there. We were talking along with some friends and family and I know Facebook has a multitude of goods and bad but we were sharing how it helps us pray for each other and before you knew it we were crying together and she sweetly gave me a hug. And that’s when I awoke. There are tears in my eyes just writing it down. Of course, before crawling out of bed, I prayed for her and the girls and her boys and husband as well.

I felt prompted to write all this simply for the reason that being a part of God’s family is such a wonderful thing! I literally haven’t seen this young lady in over 16 years. And even then we did not have any regular interactions – she was just a sweet teen that was a part of my church family. But she and I and so many others are a part of Your family, Lord, and we are so blessed that You have given us each other. We have innumerable brothers and sisters around the globe. Most I do not know, but many I do. Some I pray for each and every day.

Lord, I am so grateful that You love me. And one of the things You have taught me on our journey together is if someone asks me to pray for them, I don’t just say I will – I do! When someone out of the blue comes to mind, when others ask for prayer in person or on Facebook, or wherever! Say a prayer. When the Apostle Paul encourages us to “pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NASB this is what he meant. We all need to pray because we all surely need it. Thank You, Lord for prompting me to pray. Thank You for others who pray for me. And thank You for interceding for me as well…

“As for me, I will certainly not sin against the Lord by ending my prayers for you.“ 1 Samuel 12:23a NLT

Mar 2nd, Wed, 5:44 am