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No Cakewalk

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Father, as I bowed my head at the beginning of our time together this morning, I have pondered aspects of our relationship. And in doing so You have brought an old hymn to mind. This hymn, as many do, gives much food for thought. Written in 1906 by Howard A. Walter it is entitled, “I Would Be True.”

I would be true,
For there are those who trust me;
I would be pure,
for there are those who care;
I would be strong,
For there is much to suffer;
I would be brave,
For there is much to dare.

I would be friend of all –
The foe, the friendless;
I would be giving,
And forget the gift;
I would be humble,
For I know my weakness;
I would look up,
And laugh, and love, and lift.

I would be faithful
Through each passing moment;
I would be constantly
In touch with God;
I would be strong
To follow where he leads me;
I would have faith
To keep the path Christ trod.

Lord, living out our relationship is not easy. It was never intended to be a cake walk. The life You lead, the example You set while living amongst us shows this all to be true. Following You, being Your disciple, calls for diligent, consistent dedication. By Your Spirit, we are enabled to do so but we cannot take our eyes off of You – as an inspiration to not give up – for our destination, eternity with You, is more than worth it! Amen.

Nov 22nd, Tues, 4:40 am

Ask for Wisdom

As I sat here, Father, and read through another prayer in The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, I am once again touched. I could never write so eloquently or encompass my thoughts in such a concise manner but if could have I would have. One short line of it speaks volumes.

“There is no comfort in anything apart from enjoying thee and being engaged in thy service…”

I would say, Amen.

James 1:5 (<<click here)

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God…”

I am truly dependent upon You for wisdom, Lord. You have blessed me with experience and knowledge but it is not enough to accomplish tasks at hand if I do not yield myself to You seeking Your wisdom as to how to use what You have given me. Sometimes the difficulty lies in sorting through all the ramblings of my mind, shifting through them, to glean what is the most important or most beneficial for the need of the moment.

Writing sermons is a prime example of this. I have many pieces and parts in my mind, reading Your Word gives me inspiration, combing through commentaries can give my structure but only You can give me the wisdom to bring it all together in such a way that it will speak to those who will listen. Only You can put in those little extra things, of which I may not even be aware, that will speak to specific people in my congregations.

I surely cannot do it without You. For that matter, I can’t do life without You. The quote from today’s prayer is so true!

July 27th, Wed, 6:27 am

Theological Punch

Thank You for a restful sleep, Father. Knowing that I am secure in You brings a sweet peace. A portion of that security is found in the realization that You want me to succeed. You want me to be an overcomer in this life. You, in Your sacrifice, have done everything possible for me to be victorious. May I cling to You, may I achieve security, peace and victory. All the glory goes to You!

1 Timothy 3:16 (<<click here)

Lord, this hymn may not be lengthy but it packs a theological punch! You left the wonders of Your heavenly home to be “revealed in a human body”. You became one of us. Through the Holy Spirits power You lived and You were resurrected in that same power. Shortly after Your resurrection, You returned to Your heavenly home being seen “by angels,” so Your Spirit could come and work in and through us all.
Jesus, I am so grateful for everything You have done and continue to do for me! Being fully human You lived a perfect life, so I have an example to follow. Being fully God, You give me the power I need to do what is right in Your eyes. It is doable! I can live my life and overcome this world and all its vices. You lived it out and empower me to do the same! Lord, help me to keep my focus on You – not on things or people or the millions of distractions that cross my path throughout the day. You are my inspiration! You are my power source – help me to plug in to You always. Thank You, Lord, for enabling me to be victorious!

Sept 9th, Wed, 7:20 am