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Use This Broken Vessel

Father, I enjoy our time together and I really feel incomplete when we don’t connect like this first thing. I want to praise You this morning for Your minute by minute presence in my life. Every day You help me, encourage me, direct me, correct me and more! Everything You do for me is because You LOVE me!

Colossians 3:12b (<< click here)

Lord, since You chose me to be a holy person that You love (12a) I must clothe myself “with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility gentleness and patience.” (12b)

This list may be short, but Lord it is a lot to process! I am not complaining whatsoever; I just want to get every possible benefit from it! So much to take in and learn from.

“tenderhearted mercy” – compassion (NIV), bowels of mercy (KJV), heart of compassion (NASB) Lord You call me to love others without reservation – to extend to them the love You extend to me

“kindness”– not harsh or rough, not brutal but a genuine desire to be benevolent to others – caring

“humility”– not full of myself, but thinking of others and their needs and feeling first

“gentleness”– amiable, mild, not severe or rough

“patience”– the beauty of provocation, annoyance, misfortune or pain without complaint, loss of temper or irritation

Wow! This is not a little list but a BIG list! And really it boils down to clothing ourselves with Christ! It is a lot to live up to. On some of these fronts, I have a decent handle most of the time but sometimes I fail miserably and of course patience is often a struggle.

Lord, all I can do is to give myself over to You every moment of my life! I see You working through me. I know there is still a lot of “bad” me to work around or sometimes through but with all my heart, soul and mind, I truly want these attributes – Your attributes – to shine through in how I live my life. Use this broken vessel to touch others, to love others, as only You can.

As the old song goes, “Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me. Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.”  (Daniel Iversion, 1926)

June 21st, Sun, 6:26 am

God Loves ME!

Father, thank You for the sleep I was able to get last night with no electricity after the storm until mid-morning. Help this day to go well, enable me to process information to do my job in a way that is pleasing to You, i.e. help me to do it with the utmost of my abilities and most importantly to let You shine through me in all I say or do.

Colossians 3:12-17 (12a)

Lord, You would think after all these years that I would stop being astounded when You bring this together but I am grateful that this is not the case! I had no idea what this morning’s passage contained – but You did!  And even as we came together this morning You were guiding my thoughts and heart! Praise Your holy name! Thank You Lord for your unfathomable love!

These 6 verses are too full of richness to swallow whole, so I will take them in small bites!

Lord You chose me (Ephesians 1:4) to be holy because You love me. It has been this way for all of time! Even knowing what I would do and say and think that would hurt You, You still loved me! I was created because You loved me and because You desired my love for You. I do love You, Lord! And I pray I will love You more and more each day! Help me to know Your love for me and that will fuel the fire for me to love You!

Half a verse is all I can handle today! Help me to chew and savor this small portion – God loves me!

June 19th, Fri, 6:45 am

Prayer…a Powerful Thing

What a beautiful morning, Father! Thank You, for Your many blessings – for the exquisite detail of Your creation, for my home, the food on my table, my life, my abilities and my family. That’s just the tip of the enormous iceberg – for Your blessings are deep! Wide! Help me to live my life in that reality and to be grateful every moment!

Colossians 1:1-14 (<<click here)

Lord, I am struggling this morning. Things on my mind are distracting me, they are inhibiting me from concentrating on Your Word and focusing on what You want to say to me, help me.

Prayer…is a powerful thing. It obviously is how we interact, Lord. It is the way I speak with You and in the midst of that my desire is that I am attentive enough to hear You speak to me. It’s how we lift others up to You, their needs and struggles. Just mentioning that we are praying for others is an encouragement for them. Lord, help me to pray more effectively, help me to hear Your voice more clearly. Give me the assurance that it is You that I am hearing and the courage to act upon that Word. In this passage Paul mentions praying for the Colossians three times and it is full of love and encouragement. It is also full of formational Truth.

Lord, I know You hear all my prayers but I know I need to pray more like Paul. Help me to do more than to go through a list of names with a little thought of each one. Help my prayers to have depth and to weigh them with foundational truth. Bring to mind Your Word as I pray, enable me to link them together, claim Your promises, empowering myself and those for whom I am praying to be filled with Your power and wisdom and for all of us to be changed because we have been touched by You!

June 5th, Fri, 7:20 am

Ambassador of Love

Good morning, Father. Thank you for waking me so we could spend some time together this morning, I cherish them. Please help me to feel so more and more. Like so many things that I do (i.e. picking up and dropped stuff) help me to not say “no” to being with You, absolutely no excuses!  I love You, Father, and I want to spend time with You so I can become more like You!

Ephesians 6:10-24 (<<click this)

More and more, Lord, I am coming to understand your direction for me and the church. In recent generations we have become very militant about defending our “right” as believers. Reading this passage tells me that our only piece of defensive armor is to be Your Word. We grumble, and complain and fight against those that You have put into authority over us. But our fight is not supposed to be against flesh and blood. We are called to take our stand “against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world…mighty  powers in this dark world…and evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (vs.12) Lord, You told us that the world would hate us because it hated You, but in our selfishness and pride it has come to hate us because we hate the world! …not because we love You… Your light shines upon the world showing its sinfulness. I truly believe that, at least at this point in time, You do so to draw us to you…judgment will come later. We push the world away because we judge now. Help me to be an ambassador of Your love to the world.

May 9th, Sat, 5:17 am

 

Honoring (All) Parents

Sometimes my bed feels awfully good but more and more I just don’t want to miss this time with You, Father! May this always be the case; that is my heartfelt prayer!! I need this time together, I am dependent on it! Please, Father help me to make the most of it. Speak to me and help me hear Your direction, help me to act on it, help me to retain Your Word, help it to be something that infuses my day, please help it to impact everything else I do , say or think! Father, I am Yours to use as You will. I hold nothing back! Thank You, Father!

Ephesians 6:1-4 (<- click here)

Lord, this passage speaks to me on two fronts this morning, first honoring parents. My New Living Translation Application Study Bible notes say that “honoring” means to respect and love. With my parents – no problem but looking at other people’s parents – it’s much more complicated. And being a pastor and working in retail I see all kinds of parents. The dynamics of other couple’s relationships affects my perception of them. And of course, that can directly affect my relationships, too. The only way for me to address this mindset is to plead with You to allow me to see other couples through Your eyes. To love them, as You do. If that means I need to address certain aspects of their relationship – so be it. If that means I say nothing – then so be it. Lord, help me to be what You want me to be in my relationship with them. Also, change how I respond in my relationships in that regard as well; help me to not be negative about other people’s relationships when interacting in my personal relationships. Quite often people I love know what it’s like and don’t need me literally adding insult to injury – help me to pray for others when situations arise and to let those I love know that that will be my course of action from now on, with Your help and direction.

Secondly, I owe Massey an apology.  It’s weird but two things stick in my mind as I read about not “provoking” him – RISK and matches. He and I have talked of this some but I need to make sure they are addressed from a spiritual perspective in regards to my relationship with him. I know my actions had a direct influence on him – they have in part, made him who he is. To a certain extent that might have had a positive reaction but more so it has probably affected him adversely. What’s been done can’t be undone but Lord, please, help me to continue to improve our relationship (which You have already done great things for several years!) and only if and when You direct, please help me to address these failing of my fathering.

May 7th, Thurs, 6:09 am