Good morning, Father! Thank you for yesterday and Your many blessings – a good day of work, bringing Massey safely home, an enjoyable trip to Rachel’s grad party and a good evening with family. Thank You for today, looking forward to what You have in store – Your presence in worship and whatever our other endeavors might be. And thank You for now – I am so grateful we have this time together!
Philippians 4:2-5 (<<click here)
My study Bible* defines being considerate as being “reasonable, fair-minded and charitable.” Paul calls us to “let everyone see that [we] do.” v5 It really boils down to thinking of others before ourselves. Lord, help me to impact the world around me by thinking of those around me instead of myself – and that includes family and friends, coworkers and total strangers. Lord, I feel that my personality has a leaning towards this mindset – though I am sure selfish pride works its way in way to often! Please help consideration to become a bigger part of my life. And I would humbly ask that You would be at the center of each act – that You “flavor” my actions so others would clearly get a “taste” of You each time and that they would know that You are working through me – for “You are near.”
May 31st, Sun, 6:17 am
*New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible
Good morning, Father. Thank you for waking me so we could spend some time together this morning, I cherish them. Please help me to feel so more and more. Like so many things that I do (i.e. picking up and dropped stuff) help me to not say “no” to being with You, absolutely no excuses! I love You, Father, and I want to spend time with You so I can become more like You!
Ephesians 6:10-24 (<<click this)
More and more, Lord, I am coming to understand your direction for me and the church. In recent generations we have become very militant about defending our “right” as believers. Reading this passage tells me that our only piece of defensive armor is to be Your Word. We grumble, and complain and fight against those that You have put into authority over us. But our fight is not supposed to be against flesh and blood. We are called to take our stand “against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world…mighty powers in this dark world…and evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (vs.12) Lord, You told us that the world would hate us because it hated You, but in our selfishness and pride it has come to hate us because we hate the world! …not because we love You… Your light shines upon the world showing its sinfulness. I truly believe that, at least at this point in time, You do so to draw us to you…judgment will come later. We push the world away because we judge now. Help me to be an ambassador of Your love to the world.
May 9th, Sat, 5:17 am
I’m so glad we have this time together. Help me to hear clearly and to act with conviction. Please continue to work with me throughout the day, teaching directing, correcting, so I will become more and more like you.
Pride…a struggle for many…and I am no exception. But it sure takes many forms. Feeling like someone reprimands me for something others do all the time and my defenses go up. My wife says something that I take as criticism even though she may not have meant it that way and I get angry. Behind the wheel I suffer from it regularly, others driving slowly (or more slowly than I’d prefer), bad parking and pulling in front of me…all get a reaction and not a pleasant one.
And the list could go on… Lord, I am sunk on this one. Help me to think of You and when I do fail, to reflect on my problem and to begin responding in ways that would be more pleasing to you. I will trust in You to be able to be an overcomer of pride.
April 23rd, Thurs, 6:46am