Tag Archives: love

Don’t Complain – Pray!

Father, You are worthy of all my praise! Each and every day You fill my life with blessing after blessing and I don’t thank You nearly enough. Every breath I take, every beat of my heart, every sight I behold, every sound I hear, every single thing! – is from Your generous hand! I deserve none of it and have earned none of it but You give and give. Thank You, Father, for Your wonderful gift of life and for the utterly unfathomable gift of salvation enabling me to be blessed with Your presence and love for all eternity!

1 Timothy 2:2-4 (<<click here)

Lord, the passage points out one of my many failings- praying for “all who are in authority.” Now right up front, I totally understand that You love everyone – no exclusions. There is absolutely no one so separated from You that Your love cannot reach. I accept those truths. I embrace them.

My failing is not the inability to love them (which can be a challenge) but my failing is that I don’t pray for them nearly enough – in fact, I rarely do! It is so much easier to complain about them and to share my dislike for them; those are the things on which I focus.

I would ask Lord, that You would burden my heart to pray for those in authority – those in my community, our schools, my family, at work, our civil servants, our government officials (on every level from the township to the oval office), our military. Even those who are from other countries and not my own, we all need You in our lives “for You want everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” Help me to pray as such!

August 30th, Sun, 6:53 am

Balance Law with Love

Dear, precious Father, I am so grateful that You made it possible for us to have a personal, intimate relationship. That You would love me so much to pursue me even after my habitual unfaithfulness to You is astounding. Only because of Your love for me can I remain faithful to You. Sin continues to entice me and will do so throughout the rest of my life but with Your strength and wisdom, I am victorious! Praise Your Holy Name!

1 Timothy 1:1-11 (<<click here)

Lord, this passage has my head spinning! Help me focus on what You would have me see this morning.

Paul says “the law is good when used correctly.” v8 It is important for me to know the law, gaining knowledge of right and wrong but it is to my detriment (and others for that matter)  if a majority of my time is consumed in such pursuits. It’s possible that I can invest too much time in dissecting and discussing minute points of the law.

Again it’s important to know the law. But Paul stresses that “the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful…” v9a

My goal is to be “filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” v5 I am called to live out that love and to proclaim the glorious Good News of salvation through Christ” – through You, Lord!

Being so “law” minded seems to lead us to be too legalistic and judgmental in our interactions with the world – with those who the law is for. But not one of us likes to be berated about our lifestyles and our life choices.

The old adage comes to mind. “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Lord, help me to love others as You love others. Help me to invest myself in them. Help me to be a reflection of You in their lives – genuine, wholesome, transparent, loving, truthful compassionate. Lord, shine through me!

Without a doubt, I believe that You love us. Every encounter recorded in the Gospels (the Good News) that you had with sinners was filled with compassion and understanding. You told them the truth but it was always communicated with love! You didn’t say their sin was acceptable but your overwhelming emphasis was true genuine LOVE! Use me, Lord, to love like You do!

August 22nd, Sat, 7:50 am

See What You See

Father, help me to focus on the important in this day ahead of me. In everything, I do enable me to do what pleases You. Use me today as an instrument to further Your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 (<<click here)

Lord, just a few verses back Paul spoke of prayer and here he does it again. Prayer cannot be an occasional thing- we must be diligent! Every aspect of our lives – day in, day out – must be covered in prayer. You can use absolutely any element of our day to accomplish Your will.

I would ask, Lord, that You would heighten my senses – my spiritually sensitive senses – to be aware of every opportunity that comes my way. Help me to not be oblivious to what You need me to accomplish. Enable me to look people in the eye, to peer into their souls, to truly empathize with them in the situation in which they find themselves. Help me to love as You love and to act when needed.

Lord, You are faithful! Strengthen me. Guard me against evil. Use me as you will.

August 20th, Thurs, 8:36 am

Not Just Thoughts but Faces

I am eager to see what You have in store for me today, Father, both in our time here this morning and throughout the events of this day! Enable me to hear Your voice and to act upon Your direction. It’s exhilarating to realize that You choose to use me! Thank You for the privilege.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (<<click here)

Lord, there is much in these last few paragraphs of 1 Thessalonians and I don’t want to miss any of it! In these two verses, Paul speaks of honoring our leaders in the Lord’s work. I feel the people I serve do so but I also strive to honor the other leaders of my churches as well. I am definitely not in it for the money but I am compensated well enough. The other leaders of my churches are volunteers. I respect them, I cherish their input. I look forward to worshipping with them each week and for the most part even enjoy our time together even when we must conduct the “business” of the church.

I work to live out my relationship with You, Lord, before them. I learn from You each and every day and want to pass that learning on but their lives teach me as well. My leaders pull weeds and scrub pews – servant leadership is a lifestyle for many. I watch as they struggle with difficult situations of aging parents and wayward children – yet their faith holds. I see them valiantly fight against cancer and remain strong though death pulls loved ones from their arms.

Lord, as each of these examples goes on paper, they are not just passing thoughts. Each one has at least one face that fills my mind’s eye – sometimes there are several faces. These scenarios involve those who are still with me today but I can think of many others that involved those who are no longer with me but with You.

Your faithful followers continue to build Your church and all of them deserve to be honored and respected. I do my part but most assuredly I have not and cannot do it alone. Lord, give us Your direction and fill us with Your love to carry on. Amen.

July 29th, 2015, Wed, 7:06 am

Authentically Genuine

Father, thank You for Your presence this morning. Thank You for making it possible for me to come before You. Only because of the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ, only because His blood covers my sins which are many can I be here with You.  I can never begin to thank You enough for Your grace and mercy, so undeserved but so generously extended. Take this day of mine and use it, use me, as You will. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 (<<click here)

Lord, I am called to love other believers and for the most part that is an easily achievable goal. But how I live my life before those who don’t believe, that can be a bit more difficult. You are surely working with me in this area. I know Your Spirit often stops me mid-thought from speaking or doing something that would be a poor reflection of You. I am to live and respond as You would, as someone who is authentically genuine and considerate, strong and insightful. Enable me to be more discerning in my conversations. May all my interactions be saturated in love – in Your love channeling through this vessel of clay. May I be found worthy to be called by Your name. I give myself over to You today, Jesus.

July 24th, Fri, 6:26 am