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The Fault in Us

I’m so glad to be in Your presence this morning, Father. This is the one place in my life where it is real. I realize that You see and know everything, so that gives me the opportunity to be straight up with You. No pretense, no hypocrisy, just transparency and the freedom that comes with it.

Father, I would ask that You would help me this morning. Help me to listen – help me hear. Help me learn. Help me take action. This is my prayer each and every day. Your love for me gives me every reason to love You, too.

Hebrews 8:7-13 (<<click here)

Lord, I have already journaled on this passage but something else has come to mind. Portions of this passage were troubling and the light bulb finally came on in my brain! I was struggling with “fault” being found in the first covenant and with what the verse says,

“When God speaks of a ‘new’ covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear.” v.13

My mind was grappling with how there could be fault in the first covenant. God is perfect, right? So what was the deal? Well, it finally dawned on me (duh!). God, of course, is perfect and the fault is not in Him. The fault was found in us. We, humanity, are the problem! Verse 8, clearly states it, “God found fault with people…” We “did not remain faithful to [God’s] covenant…” v.9

The old covenant sought to direct us in the way we should live but we rebelled. So with the new covenant, Lord, you went straight for the heart. “…I will write [my laws] on their hearts.” v .10 When we cease our rebelling and submit to You, Your law is now in us – You are in us. You are there to help us, to teach us, to correct us.

Lord, thank You for all You do for me. The text of a great hymn comes to mind, “I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.”  Amen.

Apr 2nd, Sat, 6:50am

Such Love!

It really should come as no surprise, Father, but Your love and grace never cease to amaze me! A hymn I grew up with popped in my head when I first sat down.

“Such love, such wondrous love!
That God should love a sinner such as I –
How wonderful is love like this!” – C. Bishop, 1929

“God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10

Lord, first of all thank You… Thank You for loving me even before there was a day one! (Ephesians 1:4) Thank You for your sacrifice for me… for all of us. Thank You for Your faithfulness to me even when I am unfaithful. I am overwhelmed by Your “real love”.

I think one of things that beats us down is thinking that we are the only failures in Your kingdom. Looking out over the vast sea of faces of fellow pastors, and leaders in the church – over individuals that just seem so “saintly,” it becomes very daunting.

No matter how overwhelming those thoughts might be, in reality they are not true. We – every single one of us– are all sinners. None of us are perfect. You are the only one who is perfect. And even though we may feel like the ugly stepchild in the family of God none of us were “naturally” born into Your family. We are here not because we are better than anyone else but solely, entirely, exclusively because You…loved…us! Help me, Lord, to remember this. Burden my heart and mind with the burning desire to draw closer to You each and every day!

Dec 20th, Sun, 6:43 am

Ripples

It is difficult to focus this morning, Father. Learning of the death of a close friend is shocking to say the least. I pray that Your children will reach out to his family and friends during this difficult time. Continue to use his life to touch many other lives even in his death He was truly a faithful servant of Yours and will be missed.

2 Timothy 2:22b (<<click here)

“Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.”

Lord, I really need to share a little more in regards to Scott’s passing. This passage of scripture says a lot about our relationship. I have never claimed to be perfect – I stumble and fall and struggle. I am a real person. I feel Scott was the same way. He loved You with all of who he was. He was no more perfect than I but he called on You with a pure heart. In his service as an Army chaplain he touched innumerable lives. I’m sure he impacted many who may have never heard of You but because of Your call on Scott’s life, blemishes and all, they were shown what a true man of God looked like.

I continue to be amazed, Lord, how You can take the little that we have to offer – imperfect though it may be – and can use it the way you do Though many still resist the truth of who You are, You still touch and move us. Your love will forever motivate us.

Lord, I pray that Scott’s impact will carry on like ripples in the water. That the lives he touched, mine included, will continue to be reminded of what You meant to him and that we in turn will pass Your love along. May the ripples continue.

Nov 16th, Mon, 5:13 am

Onward and Upward

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

No Better Place than Here

Father, after all these weeks I am still amazed and overwhelmingly blessed that You so gently wake me for our time together. Thank You, for You love. Thank You for the great privilege of spending one-on-one time with the Creator of all that is! It’s hard to wrap my brain around the concept that You really want to spend time with me! Praise Your Holy Name!!

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Lord, Jesus, this morning I feel compelled to save the next portion of scripture for the next time we come together. I feel the need to just write this morning. As I look back over my life, Lord, You have been there every step of the way. Through every heart ache and trial, through every victory and all the joy, You have been by my side. I have been obedient and I have rebelled but You have never given up on me. The word “grateful” doesn’t even begin to express how I feel.

As I wondrously proclaim, “Even before You made the world, You loved me and chose me in You to be holy and without fault in Your eyes.” (Ephesians 1:4) That’s like forever but I honestly cannot recall a time in my life when I didn’t know You or at least when I didn’t know of You. I was blessed to be born into family the loved and wholeheartedly strove to serve You. And it went beyond Mom and Dad, four of my grandparents and every one of my aunts and uncles were of the same heart and mind. What a heritage! What a foundation on which to build my life! All the building blocks under me were solidly, securely placed on You! (Ephesians 2:11-22)

Now clearly I did not pop out of the womb perfect and without fault (Lord, You know that is true!) but Your hand has guided me. You have aligned my heart with Yours. Over the course of my life, I have wandered, I have blatantly sinned, I have hurt You and dirtied Your name in the process but I could never go beyond Your reach. The pull of Your love has always brought me back.

After 50+ years of living, some may look at who I am and what I’ve accomplished and they may shake their heads and think that I really haven’t done a whole lot with my life. I don’t have a huge bank account, I live in a nice but modest home, I have not ascended the ladder of success (by human standards) in the business world or in any denomination I have served. But Lord… I am where You have placed me. I faithfully serve as Your child in my home, at my job and in the two churches with which You have blessed me.

No, I am definitely not perfect. I stumble. I fall. But I am not defeated. Lord, You patiently work with me each and every day. You encourage me. You direct me. You help me. You encourage me. I am blessed beyond measure!

I am full of joy! I am content – but not to the point of complacency. I would follow You anywhere You would lead me, but for now I am where You want me to be – in the center of Your will. Help me to listen. Help me to continue to expand my horizons in You – to draw closer to You, to more and more be able to hear Your direction and to have the courage and wisdom to do and be all that you desire for me to do and be. There is no better place than here!

Sept,20th, Sun, 6:41 am