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Immersed in Honey

Father, I am so sorry that we have taken Your beautifully perfect creation and have twisted it into something ugly. What You meant to be purposeful and fulfilling we have warped into many things that are lost, misguided and empty. I pray that You could help me to be an instrument used by You to draw my world once again to You, for beauty, perfection, purpose, and fulfillment is truly only found in You.

Colossians 2:16-23 (<<click here)

Lord, this world is a discombobulated hodge-podge of thoughts and ideas, it is a cacophony of voices pulling us all here then there. We are literally commanded to be inclusive, tolerant and expected to accept every conceivable variance of reality. “Political correctness” can tell us what we say, what we do, how we act. But Lord, You are  “reality.” And You alone can set us free from the spiritual powers of this world.” v20b

Interestingly enough with all our “open-mindedness” and accepting and inclusive mentalities, You are excluded. The Way and the Truth is rejected.

We press others into believing what we believe because we don’t want to be pressed into believing what You say we should believe. How ironic…we cast aside the one true God so that we can be our own gods. We in our perverted, sinful way want others to be like us because we don’t want to be told by You to be like You.

Lord, help me to keep You first and foremost in my life. You alone are reality – the world is a very cheap imitation, a house of cards ready to fall – destined to do so. The idealistic mindsets of this world are like honey – initially sweet and enticing but we cannot immerse ourselves in them, doing so is death – we cannot move, we cannot escape, we cannot breathe. Only by coming to You in repentance, humility, seeking forgiveness can we be set free.

Lord, help me not to be carried away by the “sweetness” of the world and help me to show the world who You truly are so they may be saved as well. Amen.

June 15th, 2015, Mon, 5:48 am

Power and Authority

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Father, waking up this morning I see (and hear) the might of Your creation. Peals of thunder and pouring rain remind me that You alone are in charge of this world. I cannot slow it down, I cannot stop it. I can only stand in awe of Your power and might!

Jude 25 (<<click  green)

”All glory, majesty, power and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.”

I had read this portion of Scripture yesterday and knew I wanted to look at it again today but hadn’t done so prior to my opening prayer, Lord. Once again You had set my mind down the best path!

“A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E, attitude, attitude, attitude!” That is a phrase that has often been repeated in our home over the years, and what an attitude we have! As a whole mankind has this mindset that we are all powerful, we can do anything we set our mind to, nothing can stop us. Many believe that we have put God in his place on a shelf, in a box marked “Useless Things of the Past.” Oh, but we could not be more wrong!

As I wrote of the storm, I cannot control it. Thinking of the death that awaits us all, I cannot stop it. I can amass great wealth but a fire or a flood or a turn in the world market can quickly bring it all to an end.

King David understood the reality of who we are.

“Our days on earth are like grass
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
The wind blows, and we are gone –
As though we had never been here.”
Psalm 103:15-16

But You, Lord? The last half of the 25th verse of Jude tells us who You truly are. We claim power and authority but they are Yours alone. We exist on this speck of dust but for a breath – but You are eternity!! Thank You, Almighty God, for providing a way – Your death on the cross – for me to be with You, in Your love, for eternity.

“All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Amen!

June 5th, Mon, 6:28 am

The Reality of You

Thank You, Father, for You, for Your overwhelming love, for the reality of who You are. Where, oh where, would I be without You! I love You, Father…

I tend to get fairly emotional when I am weary and, Lord, I have surely been both the last few days. But I also know that it is far more than weariness that has brought me to tears over the last few days. I have cried and am crying even as I type…because of You. Just thinking of You and all that You have done for me…all that You went through…for me…for all of us…

Readying for last night’s Maundy Thursday service, I listened to Michael Cards, “Come to the Table”, to Twila Paris’s “Lamb of God”, and to Cheri Keaggy’s “In Remembrance of Me” and I wept… In preparation for our Easter Sunrise service, I listened to Sandi Patty’s “They Could Not” and I wept…

Then during last night’s service, we partook of communion. As I called people forward, I stood at the front with the plate and the cup. As they dipped their bread into the cup, I wept… I usually pass along a verbal blessing to each person by name, bidding them to remember what You did for them and conclude with, “bless you.” I could barely get out the bless You through my tears. Even now I weep. Oh, what You did for me, Lord!

Then this morning, before sitting down to type, I read a young mother’s post on Facebook. Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing.

Tonight we went to a passion play. Worried how Clay would respond we sat in the back, next to the door where the characters came in & out. I explained the process of what was happening…for the most part he was mesmerized. I kept asking him “is this real?” And he would respond, “no it’s a play!”

Half way through before Jesus was arrested, Jesus left the stage and came to the door we were standing by! Clay jumped out of my arms and whispered to me “look it’s Jesus! Oh, Mommy, I need to tell him that I love him, please let me go & please come with me.” Once he had my permission he literally ran to Jesus! This gracious man playing the role of Jesus squatted down, held out his hands as Clay ran to him, he hugged tightly, as he normally does…and he whispered in Jesus’ ear, “I love you, Jesus!” The actor hugged him back, and said back to him, “I love you too! Thank you for giving me a hug!”

This happened in the darkness of the scene, in the darkness of the sanctuary, no one knew it happened, except a tearful Mommy, a proud Daddy, a child & Jesus (both the actor & the Son of Man)!

In the darkness of your life, circumstances; look to the one who is reaching out to you waiting for your embrace & waiting for you to hear those words, “I love you too!”

Oh, the reality of who You are, Jesus. And it’s not just at Christmas, nor is it just at Easter. You are alive and well and are by my side. Where, oh where, would I be without You!

Apr 14th, Fri, 5:35 am

Spheres

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Thank You, Father, for the many blessings in my life. Thank You for Your mercy and the forgiveness of my sin. I come before You today only because of Your abundant provision and love. All praise to You alone.

James 1:9-11 (<<click here)

Rich or poor we stand on equal ground before You, Lord. There is not one of us that stands higher – wealth, power, strength, wisdom mean nothing. None of us fall lower – race, gender, mental faculties mean nothing. We are judged by what we do with what we have been given in regards to our relationship with You. “Things” are only tools in Your kingdom; they do not define who we are.

That, Lord, is reality. As followers of You, many of us understand that. In our relationship with You, we generally acknowledge that mentality. So why is it so difficult for us to live in that mentality in the world?

A big factor is that many of us live in two separate spheres – the sphere of the world with its rules and mindsets and the sphere of Your kingdom in the aforementioned reality. For many of us, these spheres overlap very little. For many, time spent in the sphere of the kingdom is limited. It is regulated to an hour or so each week. Whereas time spent in the world’s sphere is all encompassing – it’s rules and mindsets becoming the controlling factor of our lives. Living this way defeats us. We make no progress; we make little or no impact for the kingdom.

As lovers of You, the kingdom sphere must encompass the world sphere in our lives and how we live them. We pray “thy kingdom come, thou will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-13) But do we believe it, much less live it?

Lord, help me to abide in the sphere of Your kingdom every moment of every day. May its reality guide my decisions. May it impact everything I say and do. Enable me to use the “things” You have so graciously given me to share the reality of You with the world.

Aug 7th, Sun, 6:36 am

Faith Well Placed

Father, another new day is before me. May it be all that You want it to be for me. Help me to be attentive to Your direction. Help me to be a blessing to those around me. “Out of my life may Jesus shine.”

Hebrews 11:1 (<<click here)

Faith = reality of hope, evidence of things we can’t see

For many, Lord, this is a struggle. We like to think in concrete terms. Words like “reality” and “evidence” we can deal with. But “faith”? “Hope”? We can’t see those…but they are no less real.

My study Bible *shares a good way to think about it.

“Do you remember how you felt when you were very young and your birthday approached? You were excited and anxious. You knew you would certainly receive gifts and other special treats. But some things would be a surprise. Birthdays combine assurance and anticipation and so does faith! Faith is the confidence based on past experience that God’s new and fresh surprises will surely be ours.”

An old hymn comes to mind, “He Never Has Failed Me Yet.” And I can testify with its author W.J. Henry, “I have proven Him true; what He says He will do. He never has failed me yet.”

Joshua in his final address to the Israelites said,

“Soon I will die, going the way of everything on earth. Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed!” Joshua 23:4

Thank You, Lord, that we can place everything in Your unfailing hands. Our faith is well placed!

Apr 20th, Wed, 6:37 am

*New Living Translation Application Study Bible