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Poke the Bear?

Father, My deepest heartfelt thanks for a wonderful day with family. I am truly blessed…

2 Thessalonians 1:1-10 (<< click here)

As I begin this epistle, Lord, I see another aspect of Paul’s personality. It’s easy to think of Paul as a “tough- love” kind of guy. He was a great leader and by no means did he shy away from dealing with difficult issues or situations. You chose him because of those traits buy You also chose him because he so personified Your love – he fleshed it out. He loved the church in Thessalonica but he had to deal with some thorny issues. His love didn’t make him hesitant to correct them and their deviation from the acceptable didn’t make him hesitant to love them. Getting to the point- he was You to them!

Lord, I would ask that You would enable me to be that kind of leader – for that matter, that those traits would emanate from me as a follower as well. It’s easy to want to avoid difficult situations (and people) and sometimes “poking the bear” isn’t the best course of action but sometimes in order to move forward things have to be addressed. Help me to know the difference. And regardless of what the response should be, help me to respond in Your love. May it be genuine, not self-seeking, or self-preserving. May it be sacrificial if need be. Help me to be a reflection of You.

August 9th,  2015, Sun, 6:49 am

Hesitant

This Throwback Thursday post is from June 18, 2015. Six people have viewed it since then. Thank you for all of your support!

Thank You, Father, for getting me up this morning for our time together. Direct my thoughts as we come together. I truly want my life to be guided by You, Lord.

Ephesians 1:15-23 (<<click the green)

Father, I want to know You more intimately! Your word states that if I come closer to You that You will come closer to me. (James 4:8) I know that You are eager for that closeness, create in me a burning desire for that closeness to You.

I would also ask that You would truly help me to believe and act upon Paul’s prayer that I would “understand the incredible greatness of [Your] power for us who believe in [You]…the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead…” vs.19-20

How much in life am I hesitant about? I comprehend the concept of Your willingness and capabilities to do great things beyond my understanding but do I really believe you will? (i.e. healing ailments, providing for the needs of my churches, the future of our world)

Lord, help me in faith to believe that you will do what you will and nothing can stop you! Please, help me not to hinder Your greatness but to be an instrument of Your power and might!

April 21st, Tues, 6:30 am

Poke the Bear?

Good morning, Father. Thank You for answered prayers; for getting us here safely. I am so grateful for opportunities to be with family and to meet new people. Please bless this day as we gather to worship You. Be with Eric as he stands before the churches You have given me. Bless him; bless them. May we all be challenged and fed.

2 Thessalonians 1:1-10 (<< click here)

As I begin this epistle, Lord, I see another aspect of Paul’s personality. It’s easy to think of Paul as a “tough- love” kind of guy. He was a great leader and by no means did he shy away from dealing with difficult issues or situations. You chose him because of those traits buy You also chose him because he so personified Your love – he fleshed it out. He loved the church in Thessalonica but he had to deal with some thorny issues. His love didn’t make him hesitant to correct them and their deviation from the acceptable didn’t make him hesitant to love them. Getting to the point- he was You to them!

Lord, I would ask that You would enable me to be that kind of leader – for that matter, that those traits would emanate from me as a follower as well. It’s easy to want to avoid difficult situations (and people) and sometimes “poking the bear” isn’t the best course of action but sometimes in order to move forward things have to be addressed. Help me to know the difference. And regardless of what the response should be help me to respond in Your love. May it be genuine, not self-seeking, or self-preserving. May it be sacrificial if need be. Help me to be a reflection of You.

August 9th, Sun, 6:49 am – TX time 🙂

Courage

A little slow on the draw this morning, Father, but this time together is too important to miss. I did miss yesterday but I am grateful that I was able to spend some quality time with a dear friend talking about You and being encouraged by each other in the process. Thank You for that time together.

I Thessalonians 2:1-2 (<<click here)

Lord, as you speak to me through this passage this morning, help me to be attentive to Your voice. The phrase that sticks out is “…the courage to declare [Your] Good News…boldly…” Put me behind a pulpit and I am good to go. In years past I, on occasion, have spoken to several hundred and in my current responsibilities I speak before a much smaller but no less enthusiastic crowd. In that setting I am comfortable for I have the confidence to declare what You have placed on my heart. But put me in a non-church setting, say at work, and I am less exuberant. I am more hesitant. I know You have been working with me on this and I readily acknowledge that I most certainly am not where You need me to be

What it boils down to is that I need to stop second guessing myself and trust You and Your direction when saying something comes to mind. Of course I have the bad habit of over analyzing things – what if I offend them? Will they still like me? And on and on it goes.

I am so glad that You pulled everything together in enabling me to start the blog. (It’s hard to believe it’s only been about 3 weeks!) It has changed me, drawing me closer to You. It has kept You at the forefront of my mind because I truly want to be authentic. I don’t want to come across as one way in private and another fleshed out when I interact with friends and loved one. It has already opened many doors of opportunity in my relationships with others.

So, bringing it back around, why do I back off from speaking of my blog with friends at work? I am proud of it but I don’t want to come across as self-promoting – Lord, I need Your help. The blog is a wonderful stepping stone for touching people for You. It firmly establishes the fact that I am Your child. It shows, when I share it, that I truly care about my friend and family. Once people read it, I pray that by my sharing who I am on a very personal level that it will open more doors of communication about You!

Help me to live and speak in such a way that I would have “the courage to declare [Your] Good News…boldly.” People need You! I need You! We need to get to know You because only in that relationship will we ever find the answers to who we are and why we are here. Thank You, Jesus, for being the Answer!

July 9th, Wed, 6:51 am

I’m Yours, Lord

ISurrenderAll

Father thank You for helping me get some sleep last night. To You alone be the praise and glory for Massey making it home. Thank You for working out all the details!

Philippians 3:4-11 (<<click here)

Lord, in many, many ways I am tremendously blessed and I am grateful and give You all the credit. But I do struggle – am I using the gifts you have given me in the right way? I know You use me, I’m so glad that You are able to touch people through me in all the areas of my life. It weighs on my mind that I would be hesitant to give up Kohl’s to serve in “ministry” full time. I’ve sure gone back and forth with it enough! I feel that You use me where I am in life and that I am where You want me to be. I do want to make it very clear though that you can do with me whatever You please. Take Kohl’s from me if that is what’s best. Place me wherever You need me. I know that You will take care of me and my future – beyond a shadow of a doubt. Help me to be the best instrument possible that will be useful to You at Kohl’s , at church, in my home, on Facebook (and now my blog) – everywhere. I want to be used by You. Please keep it at the forefront of my mind and heart! My desire is to be used by You in all I say and do!

May 28th, Thurs, 9:58 am