Father, it’s a little earlier than normal but we’ve been talking for the last hour or so, so I figured I might as well get up. 🙂 I’m so glad that You are always there for me. I am never alone. Thank You for Your love.
Hebrews 11:17-23 (<<click here)
I must admit, Lord, that at least for us, having a child transition out of our watch and care into the relative unknowns of life was heart wrenching. I know not all parents feel the way we did, but Karen and I really struggled when Massey headed off to college almost 6 years ago. At that time, just thinking of him brought tears to our eyes.
It wasn’t easy but it was the right thing to do. As an infant we gave Massey over to You. We cherished our role as parents and still do but as time continues to roll along we have continued to give him over to Your watch and care. Who is more trustworthy than You, Lord?
In today’s passage Moses’ parents found themselves in a very difficult position, but they chose well and placed their faith in You. Throughout life we cannot avoid hard choices. For most of us, they will plaque us until the very end. But regardless, You will always be by our side. Lord, help me to conscientiously give myself over to You daily for truly, who is more trustworthy than You?
May 17th, Mon, 5:41 am
As I sit here, Father, and consciously note my breathing I give You praise. So many today will wake up and have difficulty doing that today. I say a prayer for them. Some may not be challenged to breath but every breath is accompanied by pain or grief. I pray for them, as well. Some are waking today with no physical struggles but where they are, they may wonder if they will live to the end of it. Military and law enforcement, people in war torn lands, many may be praying for a day of safety. May I not forget them in my prayers throughout the day. Father, thank You for where I am, help me not to take it for granted – I am truly blessed.
2 Timothy 1:5 (<<click here)
Lord, as I look back over my life I am reminded of the great spiritual heritage with which I am blessed. Godly parents and grandparents all have lived lives faithful to You and Your calling on their lives. All of them prayed that I would place my faith in You as well. Saying I am blessed is truly an understatement!
I am grateful that You instilled in them a “genuine faith” and that as with Timothy “that same faith continues strong in [me]!” I know that all of us have struggled, that none of us have been perfect but all of us have been diligent – all of us have persevered. None of us were satisfied with status quo spirituality. All of us sought an ever-deepening relationship with You – onward and upward!
Lord, as my grandparents devoted their lives to You and as my mom and dad continue to do so, may I – each and every day – give myself over to You. Help me to continue to faithfully be the torch of Your great love for all.
Oct 14th, Wed, 7:28 am
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