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Press On!

Abba, You are so gracious to wake me every morning. Thank You for Your love and watching over me. Help me to focus on You throughout my day and to hear and heed what You would have me say and do and think upon. I praise You and I lift Your name on high where it rightly belongs!

Philippians 3:12-16 (<<click here)

Lord Jesus, enable me to mine the riches of this passage this morning – clear the cobwebs, block the distractions, please.

“Press on” “possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me” “focus on…forgetting the past… looking forward to what lies ahead” “press on…to the end of the race” “hold on to the progress…already made.”

Don’t just sit back and pray it happens – push ahead! Lord, You know what I need. “Before the creation of the world, You knew me (and loved me! )” You know the perfection You have for me. Help me to diligently “press on”! – to put all my energy and effort into pursuing that and to coming to a full knowledge of what that means!

There’s nothing I can do about my past – failings, bad decisions, things which I think were undeservingly done to me – my goal TODAY is to focus on looking forward to what lies ahead.” “Press on!” to what You have yet for me to do, to what I have yet to learn, to a still deeper relationship with You! I don’t know what all of that is or means but help me to trust You with it all!

Help me, give me the tenacity to not lose ground but to “hold on to the progress… already made” You’ve helped me come so far from where I was, Lord and I know my apprenticeship is nowhere near complete. I give You all the credit for progress made and cling to Your grace and mercy to carry me forward, upward- higher and higher! Solidify my grounding in You – strengthen my foundation. May the roots of my life delve deeper into You – fortifying me, feeding me the richness of Your resources. Storms will come. I pray you will enable me to stand tall, to not fall, and to get myself upon the “Rock that is stronger than I” Help me to be a lighthouse for You that will endure. Persevere! And because of that endurance that my light would shine all the brighter, constantly, deliberately drawing others to You!!

May 29th, Fri, 6:09 am

In searching for a picture for this post I was reminded of this song by Building 429 – check it out! 

♪♫♪ Press On ♫♪♫

Sometimes this world starts breaking me down
I get so lost I think I’ll never be found
And there are moments of fear and doubt
Even the best fall to the ground

I am a mess, I am a wrecking ball
I must confess that I still don’t get it all
Lord I believe that all Your words are true
Doesn’t matter where I’m going if I’m going with You
I press on, I press on, I press on
When I still don’t get it

I see the world through my jaded eyes
I get frustrated when there is no Why
I put my focus on worthless things
Even the strong fall to their knees
God only knows what we all need

Life goes on, life goes on
But Your love will prove
All I need, all I need
I will find in You
Life goes on, life goes on
But Your love will prove
All I need, all I need
I will find in You
I press on

Life goes on, life goes on
But Your love will prove
All I need, all I need
I will find in You
Life goes on, life goes on
But Your love will prove
All I need, all I need
I press on

Publishing: © 2013 Sony/ATV Tree Publishing /Havery Publishing (BMI), Pneumatic Man (ASCAP)
Writer(s): Jason Roy, Rob Hawkins

Why Don’t You Call Me Home?

Good morning, Father!  Thank you for a good night’s sleep (I wasn’t up even once) and my shoulder isn’t aching at all. Praise You for this beautiful day!

Philippians 1:20-26 (<<click the green)

Lord, I pray that throughout my life that I would have the perspective of Paul, torn between joining You (i.e. leaving this earth, it’s hardship and heartache) and staying here to lift up and encourage people on their journey with You.

Reading this passage I cannot help but think of wonderful followers of You who at the end of their earthly lives were so overwhelmed by physical adversity that their only desire was to leave this earth and join You. I could never think poorly of them for they were pillars of faith, mentors, individuals who taught me much of You and things I do in following You I gleaned from their influence (Grandma Provance and Rev. Tom Lasley). But they despaired and questioned why You let them linger here – why You didn’t call them home. You had Your holy reasons and I am sure You understood their responses. It makes me cry even now to think of their heartache in their last days!

Lord, You know my heart and You surely know my love for them. Help me continue to embrace their great love for You and how they strove to serve You and talked with You for they loved You dearly but I would ask that my heart’s desire, regardless of what would happen to my body or mind – and only You know the possibilities – would be that You would grow me to the point that I would give up being with You, and all that means, so that I could encourage one more person in their walk with You, would say one more prayer lifting up the down-trodden that they would persevere and overcome by standing faithfully by Your side.

I pray here and now that You would give me a heart for the lost, that I would be constrained to have the heart and soul of Pastor Rick Warren’s dad whose final breaths on this earth were “Got to save one more for Jesus!” over and over again! Lord, please give me Your heart, Your love for Your world! At this point it is not me – forgive me! I plead for Your courage to speak exactly what needs spoken!  I plead for Your tenacity to never give up on people but to be persistent in pursuing them for Your glory!

“Open My Eyes that I may see!” what You see!  Feel what You feel!  And act as you would act! Help this to become my overwhelming desire. “Mold me, make me, fill me, use me!” Praise and glory to Your Holy Name!

May 14th, Thurs, 6:55 am

Persevere

Father, I know these times together are absolutely imperative to my spiritual “fitness,” but I have struggled the last couple of days. I get up and come to where we meet, yet once here my mind wanders and its difficult getting started. I continue to push through but that element of joy seems to be missing. I do realize that it’s important to persevere and that some days aren’t as enjoyable as others. Too, this is much more a reflection on me and my mental state and absolutely not a reflection on You.

I guess I’m thinking that if I get it out there and I am honest about it (which You want me to be) that You will help me to deal with it. I realize that on occasion You test me, and it helps me get my bearings. It enables me to find out where I am and what I should do next.

What I’m doing is right, it is beneficial – in fact it is critical! Our relationship is of utmost importance because if literally impacts every aspect of my life. I don’t want our time together to grow old or to become routine. By no means am I losing interest! I really don’t think that I have ever been closer to You and more aligned with Your will than I am right now! And my greatest desire is to only grow deeper in my relationship with You. I don’t want to grow cold. I don’t want to be ineffective. I want to be used by You in every aspect of my life – at home, at work and in my ministry.

Thank You for never giving up on me. Thank You for Your Love! Draw me closer to Your heart and will – strengthen me to do the things I need to do – to say the things I need to say. Help me to continue to shore up my defenses. You have helped me so much and I surely could not have done it alone. All praise goes to You! Bless my time with You, Jesus. Make me what I need to be! Amen!

Feb 13th, Sat, 6:54 am

Prayer Struggle

Father, You have blessed me with so many wonderful things, family being one of them I am so grateful to have people in my life who love me and care for me. And I am also grateful that I can love and care for them as well. We are blessed to have each other. We accept each other (for the most part) for who we are – warts and all. Thank You for Your wonderful blessing of family.

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (<<click here)

Lord, no matter which way we look at it prayer is foundational in our daily walk with You – or at least it most certainly should be! I must confess I struggle to pray. If You would have me evaluate myself, the place where I have the most opportunity for growth and improvement would be my prayer life. I have made some headway in latter months but I know I can go much deeper and wider in my intimate interaction with You. I realize prayer is more than “grace” before meals and praying from the pulpit. These are very important, as well, but if my personal prayer life isn’t what it should be every aspect of my life is inhibited.

How can I effectively pray asking You to “enable [others] to live a life worthy of [You] all.” v11a if I struggle with prayer? I can only be more effective by persevering. I cannot give up! I benefit myself and others by that perseverance.

Help me, Lord, to do so that You will give me the “power to accomplish all the good things [our] faith prompts [us and others] to do.” v11b Then only because of Your grace in our lives will Your name “be honored because of the way [we] live…” v12a

Lord, help me to be drawn to You throughout the moments of my day.

August 18th, Tues, 5:49 am

Love Multiplies, It Doesn’t Divide

Father, I plead of You help me to never grow weary of our time together! May it always be refreshing, fulfilling, encouraging and inspirational.  As the years go by may I collect many journals and when I look back please let me see what I have matured and changed for the better because You have continues to work in my life. May my passion and desire for relationship with You only broaden, deepen as the days and months roll by! As the old hymn goes…

Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus
Daily let me go;
Higher, higher in the school of wisdom
More of grace to know
O deeper yet, I pray
And higher every day
And wiser, blessed Lord,
In thy precious, holy Word.

– Charles P Jones, 1900
AMEN!

Colossians 4:7-18 (<<click here)

Paul’s closing of his letter to Colosse is full of encouragement. Even though he was imprisoned he was surrounded by many faithful friends who mutually supported each other and lifted up the Church. Lord, help me to continue to surround myself with those who would lift up Your kingdom, as well as, myself. And help me do the same for Your kingdom and them. Love, and sometimes tough love, should permeate it all. With You infilling us all, we are to encourage one another to keep the faith. We are to fervently persevere in prayer for one another. Being a hermit may work for a few but we are called a body for a reason – to work together, weak and strong, to build Your kingdom. Please give us wisdom and strength and patience and courage. And Your love must saturate it all – too much damage can be done without it. The love with which You infill us is a multiplier – without it division is inevitable. Help me, Lord, help us, Lord to be filled with You and to be about Your business.

July 5th, Sun, 6:09 am