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Keep Us Charged

What a blessing it is, Father, to set aside time to be with You. I know that You never leave my side and that You are never more than a thought away from consciences – and I am so grateful for that but there is something very special about setting aside a block of time when I can focus on my relationship with You.

Every day I run here and there, going to and fro in a dark, dark world. Your light, Lord, is ever so bright within me. I do my best to not keep it hidden. I want to let the light you have given me to pierce the darkness about me.

Something we tend to forget is that we are incapable of generating the power we need to sustain our light. We must spend time with You. And it can’t be a hit or miss kind of thing either. One of the many things I sell at work is solar watches. Basically, they never need a new battery but to keep functioning they must be exposed to light on a regular basis. Occasionally someone will bring one in for a new battery because it has stopped working. I’ll ask if it has been kept in a drawer for a while and 99.9% of the time it has. I instruct them to set the watch in a window with direct sunlight and it will recharge in a couple of days.

As followers of You, Lord, we cannot avoid being with You and expect to have the power we need to let our lights shine. And truthfully it needs to be an every day connection. Sunday worship is of vital importance but daily contact is vital, too. Constant exposure to Your power and light keep us charged.

Lord, I am here. Charge me. Empower me. May my light shine forth brightly for You.

Mar 14th, Tues, 6:19 am

Wings Like Eagles

Father, this morning I am weary. I have no one to blame but myself – up a little later than normal last night (and not really for any good reason). And I’ve allowed myself to get into a position where I have no reserve of journal entries upon which to rely. I have enjoyed the freshness of our time together but this morning it has caught up with me. I am bleary-eyed and worn. Normally, at this hour of the morning, I am fresh and ready for the new day – a little rough around the edges on this one.

Lord, I am glad you are far above me and my weakness. I am reminded (by You I am sure!) of a beautiful passage from the book of Isaiah, a wonderful prophet of old.

Isaiah 40:28-31 reads,

28 Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.

Even when we are irresponsible and silly in the way we use the time given us, Lord, when we trust in You, our strength is renewed. Your word tells me that I “will soar on wings like eagles.” I am reminded that when eagles soar they are not doing so in their own strength – they expend a fair amount of energy flapping their wings to the heights but once there they soar. They allow the thermal winds to sustain them.

Lord, may I allow you to sustain me this day. There are many more hours ahead of me, many things to accomplish, many people with whom to interact. And though I am bleary-eyed and worn, help me to rely on the One who “never grows weak or weary.” May I trust You to be the wind beneath my wings. Amen.

Mar 14th, Tue, 5:20 am

Humble Service

Goodness, gracious! My day was packed yesterday, Father, and I’m having an extremely difficult time keeping my eyes open and not keeping my mind on track but getting it on track even! Help me, Father!

1 Peter 5:1-4 (<<click here)

Peter here is speaking to elders – leaders of the church. Lord, 17 years ago this summer the responsibilities of serving as an elder were placed on my shoulders. Service truly is at the core of leadership in Your kingdom. And along with it should be humility, as well.

Peter clearly exemplifies these two characteristics in his writing. He had every “right” to thrust forth his superiority, after all, he was one of the original twelve – he was an apostle. He knew Jesus. He was one of the “inner circle” along with James and John. Jesus called him Peter – meaning “rock” – and said, “upon this rock I will build my church.” Matthew 16:18

If anyone was at the top of the proverbial heap it was Peter. But do we see that? Not a bit! His humility is evident. He identifies himself as “a fellow elder” – that’s it.

Leadership in the church – in God’s kingdom – is a precarious thing. Strong leadership is important – men and women who get things done, visionaries, those who push onward and upward. But without a servant’s heart, without the humility of realizing that their responsibility is to carry out Your will, Lord, without those elements at the forefront of their leading, trouble is just around the corner

Power and control unbridled can so easily lead to the corruption of heart, soul, and mind. Pride can grow to the point where no one can tell us what to do! We get this erroneous mindset that we are above sin and we can delve into whatever forbidden arenas we want. We begin to “lord it over the people assigned to [our] care” instead of leading them “by [our] own good example.”

Lord, may we pray for the leaders of Your Church. May service in humility – as Your life exemplified – be the overarching element that impacts our every action. Lord, may I be a leader under Your terms of service, not my own.

Feb 13th, Mon, 6:37 am

Majesty

Thank You for days of celebration to remember! Anniversaries and birthdays are milestones to cherish. Bless my loved ones and friends who have the opportunity to rejoice once more!

Hebrews 12:18-24 (<<click here)

From Mt. Sinai to Mt. Zion, from beginning to completion You are a mighty God – mighty in power and mighty to save! You are not a God that we can just put in a box and pull out when we think we need You. You are absolutely uncontainable! You are an awesome God – One whom we should reverence and fear. And fear here is not a negative thing but reflects the utmost of respect. We bow in awe before You. We cannot totally understand You. Our finite minds can only comprehend a minuscule portion of Your infinite being. On a very small scale it would be like standing before a roaring waterfall – massive in scale and majesty, overwhelming in its power and beauty. We cannot control You. We cannot tie You down. No matter how “powerful” we think we have become You are “mindful that we are but dust.” Psalm 103:14

Thank You for creating our world. Thank You for stepping into our world to reconnect what we had disconnected. Thank You for doing what we could not do. None deserves praise but You! Amen!!

June 17th, Fri, 6:50 am

Leave It All Behind

Lots of things traipsing through my mind this morning, Father, but I am glad that I can sit with You and that You can pierce through it all. Help me to zero in on what You have for me today. Love You…

Hebrews 11:24-28 (<<click here)

It is interesting, Lord, to think back to Moses’ early years and decisions he made in the light of our cultural mindset. Because he was taken in and raised by Pharaohs’ daughter as a baby, there was literally nothing that was not at his beck and call. But as he grew he saw who he really was – he saw Whose he was – and he turned his back no it all – wealth, power, control, prestige, ease.

I’m sure many today would think that he had lost his mind. He had everything the world strives for and walked away from it all. His focus was higher – his focus was You. What must have gone through his mind as he led the Israelites through the wilderness and all that they longed for was what little they had left behind in Egypt – cucumbers, leeks and fish? And they fought and rebelled against Moses and God because they wanted it so badly. I’m sure more than once Moses thought how foolish they were. He probably wanted to grab them by the shoulders and get in their face and yell, “What in the world are you thinking?! You hardly had a fraction of what I had and you yearn for it. But it is all worth nothing! God has freed You! You are no longer slaves. We are heading to a land that we can call our own. And God, our Father, will go before us. Our every need is met. “What are you thinking?!”

And, Lord, are we any different? We are so blinded by what we want…and it is empty, it is shallow and it will only satisfy us for a short time – then we will want something else. And that’s what we get with an earthly mindset. Here and now is our focus. But here and now is so quickly come and gone. Lord, may I keep my focus on You and help me to be able to encourage others to do the same. True fulfillment, true peace and satisfaction and love is only found in a relationship with You. Amen.

May 20th, Fri, 5:50 am