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Morning Fog

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Father, I am so grateful that You understand me. That even when I can’t seem to settle down to write that you are patient with me. Quite often, it crosses my mind, that it is a wonder that you put up with my shenanigans…but You love me…and I do love You, too. Thank You for being with me. Thank You for holding me tight and never giving up on me.

James 4:13-16 (<<click here)

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times… “Lord willing.” My grandmother repeated it often and in recent years I’ve taken up saying it, too. When leaving church after service or Bible study, I will say, “See you next time, Lord willing.” For none of us knows what next second holds, much less 7 days from now. Only God knows. So as James says, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

From another angle, I cling to this truth. Our world is a mess and it seems that at any moment we will slip over into the abyss. But no matter what we think the inevitable is, Lord, You are still on the throne. What happens only happens, if You allow it. No matter who the power players are, a massive heart attack could bring things to an abrupt halt. My faith is in You, not the plans of man.

None of us has any guarantees. Our lives are “like the morning fog” we’re here for a time, and then we’re gone. May we use our time wisely, living life to its fullest as you would will it. Amen.

Sept 28th, Wed, 7:08 am

For Those Who Come Behind Us

What a privilege, Father, to come together with You. As I looked out the window this morning the fog is fairly thick and my mind doesn’t feel much different. Lack of sleep from sitting with the family of a dying man the night before last has impacted me…but them even more so. Father, may they feel Your presence as their grief weighs heavy upon them this day. May they find Your peace as we all cling to the certain hope of being reunited with him and all our loved ones who have gone before us into Your presence. Amen.

Lord, as I sit here rocking and praying, You bring to mind a question: What kind of legacy will we leave behind when we are gone?

Wayne left an exemplary one. He was faithful to You, he was a loving father and husband, he was a hardworking man of integrity, he was a devoted servant of the Church. He was no more perfect than any of us but in the almost 14 years I knew him, I really don’t recall anyone speaking ill of him.

Lord, when our lives are built on You – when You are our model to live our life in fulfilling Your will – when You are our model for life – others can look at us and be inspired to live likewise.

Once more, a wonderful song by Steve Green comes to mind…

Apr 29, Fri, 5:10 am

♪♫♪ Find Us Faithful ♫♪♫

We’re pilgrims on the journey
Of the narrow road
And those who’ve gone before us line the way
Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary
Their lives a stirring testament to God’s sustaining grace

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
Let us run the race not only for the prize
But as those who’ve gone before us
Let us leave to those behind us
The heritage of faithfulness
Passed on through godly lives

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift through all we’ve left behind
May the clues that they discover
And the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them
To the road we each must find

[Repeat Chorus Twice]

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

Words and Music by Jon Mohr Copyright 1988 Birdwing Music/Jonathan Mark Music (admin. By The Sparrow Corp.) All Rights Reserved. International Copyright secured. – See more at: http://stevegreenministries.org/product/find-us-faithful-3/#sthash.MXePcPcX.dpuf

Old Dog, New Tricks

During yesterday’s sermon, Father, many things were running through my mind. First of all, thanks you for Your presence – both times though. 😉 And then, thank You for showing me, with my own life, that You can teach an old dog new tricks. I am so grateful that Your love broke through like a ray of sunshine to my fog enshrouded heart! I have known and loved You for most of my life but not in the way I know and love You today.

One of my regrets is that it took so long. I heard Your call but it seemed like I just fumbled around and could never make that connection. I know You were reaching out to me. I realize that Your desire was for our relationship to go to a whole other level but other things kept getting in the way. It is surely Your nature to do so, but thank You for not giving up on me – talk about long-suffering love!

I love where I find myself but I can take no credit for getting here. Only because of You, am I where I am. You are the ever patient teacher. I just finally followed Your teaching. I prayed so many times that You would burden my heart for a deeper relationship with You – I didn’t know how to get there. I tried many things with very little success. But in looking back I see You used them as stepping stones that were leading me to where I was supposed to be.

Lord, I pray right now that this is just a point of a journey just begun. Enable me to hold the course. Shore up my defenses against the ploys of the evil one. Strengthen my fortitude so I may continue to stand tall. Use me to further Your kingdom. Help me to shine my light so as to guide others in Your ways. I am all Yours!

Feb 1st, Mon, 6:25 am