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Give Away Your Wealth!

Thank you for yesterday, Father. The opportunity to help a friend in need, getting things done for worship, a nice supper with Karen and completion of church business at our meeting last night made for a very full day! But You were with me from beginning to end, what a blessing! I look forward to this day and what we will tackle together. Use me as You will.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (<<click here)

Lord, we are abundantly blessed – and our blessings are not just monetary in nature. Many are blessed with family, with love, with joy and peace – there are so many things for which to be thankful. We may be blessed but are we willing to share with those who are less fortunate?

Each day at Kohl’s I have choices to make. Will I share my blessings or keep them to myself? Joy is a highly valued commodity. Sometimes life and the way we address it depletes our store of joy. Lord, may I be generous in my dispersion of the overabundance of joy in my heart.

Sometimes love is hard to find. Many are lonely and destitute. People many times have no family and few friends or possibly the family or friends they do have are oblivious or apathetic to their need for love. And many times people are just plain hard to love. Lord, help me to see people as You see people – to peer through the crusty layers of grumpiness or anger to the core of people’s being and to love them even in the their “unloveliness”.

Yes, Lord, many of us are very “wealthy” and we are wealthy in many ways. Help us not to be hoarders and hermits but may we be generous givers so we may enrich the world with You!

Oct 2nd, Fri, 6:12 am

No Better Place than Here

Father, after all these weeks I am still amazed and overwhelmingly blessed that You so gently wake me for our time together. Thank You, for You love. Thank You for the great privilege of spending one-on-one time with the Creator of all that is! It’s hard to wrap my brain around the concept that You really want to spend time with me! Praise Your Holy Name!!

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Lord, Jesus, this morning I feel compelled to save the next portion of scripture for the next time we come together. I feel the need to just write this morning. As I look back over my life, Lord, You have been there every step of the way. Through every heart ache and trial, through every victory and all the joy, You have been by my side. I have been obedient and I have rebelled but You have never given up on me. The word “grateful” doesn’t even begin to express how I feel.

As I wondrously proclaim, “Even before You made the world, You loved me and chose me in You to be holy and without fault in Your eyes.” (Ephesians 1:4) That’s like forever but I honestly cannot recall a time in my life when I didn’t know You or at least when I didn’t know of You. I was blessed to be born into family the loved and wholeheartedly strove to serve You. And it went beyond Mom and Dad, four of my grandparents and every one of my aunts and uncles were of the same heart and mind. What a heritage! What a foundation on which to build my life! All the building blocks under me were solidly, securely placed on You! (Ephesians 2:11-22)

Now clearly I did not pop out of the womb perfect and without fault (Lord, You know that is true!) but Your hand has guided me. You have aligned my heart with Yours. Over the course of my life, I have wandered, I have blatantly sinned, I have hurt You and dirtied Your name in the process but I could never go beyond Your reach. The pull of Your love has always brought me back.

After 50+ years of living, some may look at who I am and what I’ve accomplished and they may shake their heads and think that I really haven’t done a whole lot with my life. I don’t have a huge bank account, I live in a nice but modest home, I have not ascended the ladder of success (by human standards) in the business world or in any denomination I have served. But Lord… I am where You have placed me. I faithfully serve as Your child in my home, at my job and in the two churches with which You have blessed me.

No, I am definitely not perfect. I stumble. I fall. But I am not defeated. Lord, You patiently work with me each and every day. You encourage me. You direct me. You help me. You encourage me. I am blessed beyond measure!

I am full of joy! I am content – but not to the point of complacency. I would follow You anywhere You would lead me, but for now I am where You want me to be – in the center of Your will. Help me to listen. Help me to continue to expand my horizons in You – to draw closer to You, to more and more be able to hear Your direction and to have the courage and wisdom to do and be all that you desire for me to do and be. There is no better place than here!

Sept,20th, Sun, 6:41 am

Joy and Pain

Thank You, Father, for a beautiful day yesterday!  The opportunity to share in Ariana & Andrews special day and to catch up with other fine young people was a blessing. Looking ahead for this day please be with us – goodbyes are never easy. I pray for Massey, Karen and myself as once again life takes us down different paths. Thank You for the time we’ve had together.

Colossians 1:24-29 (<<click here)

Lord, You are showing me that I have the responsibility to proclaim a wonderful secret. At just the right time You came to us – a gift of unsurpassable worth! You came so You show us the way to have an intimate relationship with – by inviting You to live in us. It’s a wonderful gift and one that fills us with joy but it will not be a journey without suffering, for even Your journey was painful.

Help me with Your wisdom and direction, to warn and teach others about You so that we may all come to that point of perfection, that is maturity, that You have called us to. Help me to shepherd others along this life journey of joy and pain until we reach the end of this life, stepping across the threshold into Your wonderful glory for all eternity!

June 7th, Sun, 7:33 am.