Tag Archives: opportunity

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

Seasoned with Salt

Good morning, Father! It is early and I’m still a bit bleary-eyed but I am glad that once again I have the opportunity to come and sit at Your feet. I know You love me and absolutely nothing can separate me from Your love! (Romans 8:38-39) Please, bless our time together, may it be profitable for my soul. I give myself over to You – teach me, motivate me and make me act according to Your will.

Colossians 4:5-6 (<<click here)

Dictionary.com defines “wise” as “having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right, processing, discernment, judgment or discretion.” Lord, You direct us to live in this mindset. I cannot say that I have always succeeded in doing so. I truly believe that You are constantly working with me to be wiser in my day to day interactions with others. Discernment is a trait with which the Holy Spirit surely helps me. At work, at church or at home discernment helps things go along much more smoothly. Thank You for helping me to see things that make for wise interaction. Help me to make the most of every opportunity you bring my way.

After You help me to apply wisdom, discerning the situation in which I find myself, help me to be gracious. So many times extending grace to others has diffused a potentially volatile situation. Being kind and courteous goes a long way. In doing so what I then say is much more attractive to those with whom I am interacting. This whole directive is beneficial in working with others overall but Lord help me to think this way in sharing You with others.

I really don’t think I would enjoy French fries nearly as much without salt. Salty things appeal to my palate. In fact, I often crave salty things – chips, crackers, nuts, etc. Where the New Living Translation translates a portion of this passage as “attractive” others translate it as “seasoned with salt.” Lord, help me to be SALTY! May others crave my presence because I am seasoned with You. Enhance my interactions so much so that people are directed to You. Bless me today and in the days ahead with “saltiness” so I might have a “right response for everyone”.

July 4th, 2015, Sat, 5:45 am

A Passing Shadow

It is early, Father, but there is a wonderful feeling of comfort even lying in bed contemplating our time together. There is no fear, there is no shying away. I am drawn to You. I know it will be a rich time together. I know I am understood – even with all my flaws – and I know I am loved beyond all measure. Increase my understanding of You. Though I realize that, at least on this side of eternity, it will be only the smallest fraction of understanding, it is so worth the effort. Every moment spent with You yields great rewards, helping me to become more and more like You. Bless me, my Father.

In moments of consciousness throughout the night, my mind has lighted on the many different situations in which I find myself. Through many stretches of life I find things running along quite smoothly – no major snags or crisis. But this has not been the case in recent weeks – so many people on so many fronts dealing with so many life changing struggles and heartaches. Lord, I realize that this is not an earth-shattering epiphany but life is fragile.

Just in the last couple of weeks, I have been touched by the lives of those who have lost loved ones – both young and old. I have seen what strokes can do to the lives of family and loved ones. I have sat by the bedside of an individual who was once strong and vibrant and now is unable to move from their bed as they await their final breaths. And those are only a few of the many. Time marches on – it cannot be stopped. We are at its mercy, carried along with no control.

We can surely relate to Job’s statement from time long ago.

“How frail is humanity! How short is life, how full of trouble! We blossom like a flower and then wither. Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear.” Job 14:1-2

Lord, there are so many things is this life that You give us in which to find pleasure. Yes, there is much pain and sorrow but there is also much joy and love. We also know that while on this earth we may be ruled by time but when our shadows disappear from this earth our everlasting souls will carry on. You are with us here and You await us there and Your gift of salvation assures us of an eternity together.

I seem to be rambling on but my main thought was not the downside of life but, Lord, may I take advantage of all the good that life has to offer. May I love to the fullest. May I take every opportunity to embrace and appreciate others in my life. May I cherish the time we have, though it is fleeting. May I not waste it. May I not look back and regret what I did – or didn’t do – with the time I did have. Amen.

Mar 6th, Mon, 4:58 am

See What You See

Father, we have a full day ahead of us. Help me to focus on the important. 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 from evil. Use me as you will.

August 20th, Thurs, 8:36 am

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