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They’re Just Leaves…Right?

So many times today, Father, I felt Your presence – affirming, directing, correcting. I am grateful that You are ever by my side. Whatever comes my way I am not alone. All praise goes to You, Almighty God!

Matthew 5:23-24 (<<click the green)

Yesterday, I realized water was backing up in the large drainage ditch the cuts through our property. I figured that leaves were the culprit. We have lots of trees, hence lots of leaves. So I put on my big rubber boots, got my handy dandy rake and headed back to check things out.

Leaves were for sure part of the problem but a fallen tree and several chunks of wood were greatly restricting the flow or water trying to get through. After some tugging and pulling and a fair amount of raking, the water was released and the backup was cleared.

Relationships are so important, especially as followers of You, Lord Jesus…and this directive from You proves that point. Every time I read this passage of Scripture, it makes me pause and think. We hear You speak of loving and forgiving each other quite often but that’s not what You are saying here. This is another perspective entirely. We are challenged to look at our relationships from the viewpoint of others, not just our own.

Putting this into a modern day mindset, if we are interacting with You and we are working on our end to draw closer to You and we “suddenly remember that someone has something against [us] we are to stop right where we’re at and “Go and be reconciled to that person.” Then, as the Message translation stresses, “and only then”, are we to come back to working on our relationship with You.

Do I do this, Lord? Do I even think about it? If I do think about it, do I just sweep past it? If I just ponder on it for a bit, it can become really complicated. Most translations narrow the field a little in specifying that that “someone” You are referring to is a “friend” or a fellow “brother” or “sister” in our relationship with You. It would be overwhelming to try to remember our interactions with every person we encounter. But we must also keep in mind the Apostle Paul’s admonition. “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18

So what are we talking about then? There’s no way we can know what other people are thinking but it is quite often obvious if someone has a “grudge” (MSG) or “a grievance or legitimate complaint” (AMP) against us. Again, it’s about relationship.

How often do we let “leaves” accumulate in our relationships? How are a few “leaves” going to hurt anything, right? But anything that restricts the “flow” of our relationships with others is a problem. Sometimes when we check things out, we find that it is more than just “leaves”. Sometimes we find bigger things that must be dealt with if we are going to clear the backups in our relationships.

Lord, help us to keep clear our relationships with others so that our relationship with You is unhindered as well. Amen.

Nov 7th, Tues, 7:41 pm

Still Small Voice

Good morning, Father! Thank You for a good day yesterday, all things considered. I would ask that Your hand would be upon Karen as she recovers from the flu. Regardless of not having her play for our services, You were with us and that was more than enough. You touched lives in the way only You can. Praise You Holy Name!

Lord, I want to thank You for always being with me. I am glad we have spent a good amount of time together and that, although I am still learning to listen, that I listen to that still small voice.

On two instances yesterday I felt you speak to me to say something to two different individuals. It was nothing big, nothing earth shattering, just a simple touch. But I felt they were both from You. I have no idea why You had me do what I did – only You know – but I also firmly believe that when I, in faith, act upon Your word that it is for some purpose. Isaiah 55:11 reads,

It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

Lord, this morning I want to specifically pray for these two people. They are not connected in any way that I know of in the here and now. But You pointed them out and used me to speak to them. It was nothing profound but then my perspective is limited. Your perspective is all inclusive!

Thank You, Lord, also for the many lives You enabled me to touch yesterday as Your spokesman from the pulpit and just as Your man on the ground with both family and friend. Many people dealing with a complexity of circumstances but You know the individual need of each person. I pray that your “word” will continue to “produce fruit” and that it will accomplish all [You] want it to” and “will prosper everywhere [You] send it.” Amen

Apr 17th, Mon, 5:17 am

Love in Action

Another full day ahead, Father, and I would ask for Your blessing. May I feel your hand on my shoulder and Your love in my heart – may it flow through and touch every person I meet and every situation in which I find myself. Amen.

1 Peter 3:7 (<<click here)

Oh, Lord, I know the focus of this verse is very important but my mind is having a difficult time doing just that – focusing!

From a male perspective, women play an extremely important role in our lives.  It is often a role that goes unlauded and unfortunately is often taken for granted. Husbands and sons enjoy all the benefits of our relationships with wives and mothers – clean laundry, good meals, tidy homes, etc., etc. Some of us may give out an occasional “thank you” but for many of us, it goes no farther than that.

We like to throw out that we’ve worked all day and just want to crash. Many women work all day and then come home to work all night, as well. I admit, Lord, I am guilty of this as well. There are times when I think to put more effort into helping out but most of the time I’m oblivious and just let things happen. And it just isn’t right. Lord, I need Your help. Help me to be more attentive, to notice when things need to be done and to do them. There are things I can do regularly that Karen shouldn’t have to worry about. Help me to strive for consistency, Lord, may I lovingly serve my wonderful, serving wife. Help me to lighten her load. Help me to not just speak my love but to put hands and feet on it, so as to put it into actions. Amen.

Dec 27th, Tues, 6:17 am

Correct Perspective

Sitting here, Father, many things have passed through my mind – situations, people, etc. In my quiet time with You, my mind has been anything but. In spite of the rumbling of my brain, while I’ve sat here in silence, I have prayed for some of those things and I have the calm assurance that all is well in Your hands. Thank You, Father.

Lord, in reading through a Puritan prayer this morning this phrase sticks out.

The memory of my great sins, my many temptations, my falls,
      bring afresh into my mind the remembrance
            of thy great help, of thy support from heaven,
            of thy great grace that saved such a wretch as I am.

I know, Lord, that when it comes to the failings in my past that when asked You forgive…and You forget – my sins are as far as the east is from the west. But I still remember.

This section in The Valley of Vision is a grouping of prayers of penitence and deprecation. It’s tough to read through but it helps to keep my spiritual walk in a correct perspective.

Today’s reading does just that. Memories of improprieties are unavoidable but may each thought be followed by memories of Your help, support, and grace. These things are freely given to me in bounteous supply! May I cherish them. May I hold them close to my heart, for Your love is what saves me. May I never forget. Amen.

Dec 7th, Wed, 6:26 am

 

“WORK” – A Four Letter Word

Thank You, Father, for a productive day yesterday and a good night’s sleep. I am so grateful that You are not just God of the big things but that You are with me through all the many little things of life. My heart’s desire is to give You today to use as You see fit. Use me to touch the many people I will encounter.

2 Thessalonians 3:6-18 (<<click here)

Lord, in our lives the word “work” can quite often be considered a four letter word. Some avoid it like the plague; others are totally consumed by it. Today, Lord, may I find the right balance of where work should factor in to my life. No matter what work I do, may I do it to please You. May I be diligent and work with the utmost of integrity. Then on the other hand help me to not get so caught up with the task at hand that I neglect to see the people that cross my path – family, friends, work associates, customers, and total strangers. Help me to see them with Your perspective.

Once again, even as we came together this morning You from the start were directing my thoughts to the topic of this morning’s scripture before I had even read it. Jesus, thank You for loving me and guiding me. Thank You for Your patience.  Help me to love You more and more each day.

August 21st, Fri, 6:18 am