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How You Are with Me

Father, words are just inadequate to express my thoughts toward You. In my life, which is up and down and here and there, You are constant and consistent. You are solid. You cannot be shaken. You are ever on even keel. These are traits of You overall but, at least for me, this is how You are with me.

Lord, I have done nothing to be treated this way. So often I feel like the “difficult” child in Karen’s first grade class. There’s a way I am supposed to be, a way I’m supposed to act but I am not, I don’t. I run around when I’m to be sitting . I talk when silence is required. I break my crayons. I doodle on my papers. I belch at the most inappropriate times. I run instead of walk. So often I am an absolute mess!

But You? Hebrews 13:8 assures me that You are “the same yesterday today, and forever.” And that is truly how You are overall but, just as truly, that is how You are with me.

You are patient and kind. You are not irritable, and You keep no record of being wronged. You never give up on me, never lose faith in me. You are always hopeful, and You endure through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) You are love and You love me…

Thank You, Lord, for being who You are. Thank You for loving me where I am. And think You for loving me enough to help me be all I can be in You. This peanut butter and jelly faced, runny nosed kid can and will be so much more. You love me and that makes all the difference.

Jan 17th, Tues, 6:18 am

A Farmer’s Patience

Father, my Puritan prayer this morning expounds upon the joy of knowing You now but it is a fraction of what will be.

I marvel that the finite can know the Infinite,
here a little, 
afterwards in full-orbed truth;
Now I know but a small portion of what I shall know,
here in part, there in perfection,
here a glimpse, there a glory.
To enjoy there is life eternal,
and to enjoy is to know.

Thank You, Father, for the here and now but my anticipation is great for what eternity holds!

James 5:7-8 (<<click here)

Lord, You’ve given another example of bringing things together into a perfect mesh! My opening reading of the blessings of the now and what is yet to be and Your word speaking of being “patient as you wait for the Lord’s return.”

Almost 2000 years ago the faithful were looking forward to Your imminent return…and we do the same today. We are not misled. You are not late. You are truth and You are patiently waiting in Your good time to move as You see fit.

James refers to the farmer’s patience as he waits for the harvest. It cannot be rushed. But the farmer must be attentive – he must maintain his fields in anticipation of what is to come. And he must be ready to act when it is time to reap the harvest as well.

Lord, help me to be busy about the work of Your kingdom. May I be diligent. May I be attentive. And when You do come, may I not be caught unawares but may I be found ready at Your call.

(Another great application here is Jesus’ parable after Ten Virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13 which concludes with the warning, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.”)

Oct 3rd, Mon, 6:26 am

Don’t Judge a Book…

What a restful night’s sleep! Thank You Father! Please take this day and use it, use me, to accomplish Your will.  Help me be attentive and obedient.

1 Timothy 5:24-25 (<<click here)

These two verses speak of selecting leaders but it is very applicable to all of our interactions with others. The phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover” comes to mind. Lord, I know that quite often we jump to conclusions with people, sometimes makes snap decisions after meeting others for the first time. Sometimes we are even tempted to pinhole people by what others have said before we even meet them.

Lord, help me to be discerning and along with that to be patient and compassionate. I should never be quick to judge, though on many occasions it is very easy to do. And help me remember, too, that it works both ways. Often we think of people negatively right at the start but then learn that they are in actually good people. Maybe it’s more subtle but sometimes we like people because that say or do acceptable things in the beginning but as time goes on we find they are not sincere or possibly have ulterior motives.

When it comes right down to it, Lord, what I need is to see people as You do. Help me to draw closer to You so that You can direct my thoughts and actions. Thank You for Your love and presence!

Sept 23rd, Wed, 7:12 am

Encouragement

Father, what a night! After 2:00, tossing and turning and nonsensical dreams were the norm! I don’t know what was going on but I give this day to You, Father. Use me as You will, help me attune to Your voice so I may be used of You. Impact the world through me!

1 Timothy 4:12-16

Lord, Barnabas was known as “the son of encouragement” but this was one of Paul’s gifts, too – no wonder they made such a great team for ministry! The notes in my study Bible* are very inspirational and are a great model to follow. When we love people this is what we should do!

“Apparently Timothy needed some encouragement. Most likely, so do many people around you. Each day we have many opportunities to support and inspire family members, fellow workers, and even total strangers. People need help and affirmation all along the way. Paul modeled six important principles to help us encourage others:

  1. Begin with encouragement. People who know we will encourage them will be happy to work with us.
  2. Expect others only what you expect of yourself. People will resist being held to unfair standards.
  3. Develop expectations of others with consideration for their skills, maturity, and experience. People will reject or fail to meet expectations that do not fit them. Be patient with distracted or slow learners.
  4. Monitor your expectation of others – changing circumstances sometimes require revised or reduced expectations.
  5. Clarify your expectations with others. People are not likely to hit a target that no one has identified.
  6. End with encouragement. People love to be thanked for a job well done.”

Loving others sometimes comes easily, other times – not so much. I love many of the people I work with at Kohl’s and serve with at church, it comes naturally. 🙂 But others, I really have to work at loving.

Lord, help me to love people. Help me to see them as You do. Help me to listen “between the words.” Help me to be an encourager for You!

Sept 14th, Mon, 6:43 am

*New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible

Evil for Evil…NOT!

I lay this day in its entirety in Your hands, Father. There are many elements in it that are unknown. Some are beyond my control. I trust You. May You receive glory whatever the outcome. Use me however You deem best. Fill me with Your love. May I be gracious but may I also stand for what is right. If need be may I be discerning enough to know when I need to fight or submit. Please guide me according to Your will. Amen. So be it!

1 Thessalonians 5:15 (<<click here)

“no…evil for evil” “do good”

Lord, this is really a very simple concept but is definitely counter culture! Our knee jerk reaction is to respond in like manner – you hurt me, I hurt you! (worse if possible!) But that reaction is totally, without question not You. You, the Creator of all that is, almighty (emphasis on the all) God have every reason to punish Your rebellious (putting it very mildly) creation. And pointedly our punishment is death and rightly so. The Bible is replete with accounts where Your punishment was meted out and in every instance it was justified. But also in every instance punishment was preceded by innumerable attempts at reconciliation! You’re patient and oh so longsuffering. Thank You for Your unsurmountable love!

Ultimately You came to teach us and love us face to face and our response was to return evil for love, ultimately nailing You to a cross… Reason for retaliation? Definitely! But did You? No!! You’re the very epitome of LOVE!  Evil… for evil is not even an option!

Lord, help me to overcome my tendencies to give evil for evil. I am not a vengeful person but I do have a temper and only You can help me temper that temper. May every molecule of my being radiate Your love! May it control my actions and my words in every situation, no matter how difficult. Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Enable me to “do good to all people.” With Your power and wisdom and love, I can do it!

July 31st, Fri, 6:44 am