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Lifting Each Other Up

Father, the ebb and flow of life sure make it challenging. I truly believe You use all of my ups and downs to help me to grow – to stretch me. Right now life, in general, is on an even keel but my spiritual life is a little wonky. I want to spend time with You but part of me keeps throwing things into the works to hinder me. I’m not waking up early enough to do this and so I don’t. I feel like You are saying, “Its time to grow up. I love You, but it is not in your best interest to continue on as a child. I am here, and I always will be, but it’s time for you to take responsibility. I want to spend time with you but you need to take the initiative to take action.” Father, I know You believe I can – help me not to let You down. Help me to grow up. Amen – so be it.

1 Thessalonians 3:6-10 (<<click here)

Lord, I realize that getting together with fellow believers is of utmost importance. Your word encourages us to not give up meeting together” Hebrews 10:25 But just as important is what we do for each other in the in-between times. Our remaining strong in our faith encourages the believers to remain strong in their faith. “It gives us new life to know that [others] are standing firm in the Lord.” vs.8

Lord, help me to pray for my fellow believers, those that are near, those that are far and for those I don’t even know. Help me to be grateful for them – may they be inspirational to me to keep on keeping on. Help me to pray faithfully for them. And, Lord, help to pray for more than just physical things – though they are important as well. But help me to pray for their relationship with You. I struggle spiritually and I know that I am not alone. We all struggle. Our world and our very nature are constantly attempting to pull us from You. We want what we want. We want the easiest path. We’re tired and worn out and just want to crash…and rest… and sleep. Help us all to get that “new life” by encouraging each other to remain strong in our faith.

July 21st, Tues, 7:48 am

CAFFEINE!

Father, I’m so glad that we have this time together. Help it to continue to change me. I am a different person than I was almost two years ago. I am far from perfect but day by day You patiently work with me and teach me and just by spending time with You I become more and more like You. May it never end. Amen.

Caffeine… Sometimes I can use it to my benefit. Sometimes I don’t even realize that it’s there. But sometimes…sometimes it is surely my enemy!

Last night, Karen met me for supper in the midst of her grocery shopping. We both enjoy iced tea with our meal. Now it doesn’t bother her in the least (she could drink a glass right before bedtime!) but my cutoff time is about 7:00 pm. I took a cup with me back to work. I might take a sip of two on my last break of the evening and sometimes will save the rest for the next day. Now I know better but last night I was so thirsty that I had some around 8:00 but I had most of what was left before heading home around 10:00! Majorly bad idea!

I was able to get to sleep after 11:00 but by 3:30 or so this morning, forget it! I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t even lie still! Left side, back, ride side – over and over again – I even tried lying on my stomach but to no avail. My tossing and turning had to be bothering Karen. So I headed to the couch, grabbed a blanket and finally fell asleep!

I know better but I tell myself, “It won’t affect me this time. Maybe I can handle it better this time. I’m so thirsty – one little drink won’t hurt. Right?” Wrong! Caffeine is one thing but sin impacts me, as well, except the consequences of sin are not just an interrupted night’s sleep – they can affect me for eternity if I don’t take care of them.

And by taking care of my sin, I mean taking it to You, Lord. That is the only thing I can do. Only You can really take care of them. You eradicate them. Help me to not justify sinning. May I never think it won’t affect me. May I never be lured into thinking that I can handle it better this time or that this one time won’t hurt. For it will…it surely will. It hurts me and it hurts our relationship. My cut off time was the moment I gave my life to You. Enable me to be faithful to You, Lord. Amen.

Mar 2nd, Thurs, 5:01 am

Sleep

Waking up 30 minutes later than I like makes me think I should have stayed up when woken an hour before I try to get up. Father, I should not have second guessed Your earlier call.

Sleep. We all need it. Not getting an, over time, can wreak havoc on our body and our brain. Getting too much impacts our productivity.

Almost two years ago I began my quest to deepen my relationship with God. To do that, I needed to spend more time with Him. And for me, that meant getting up earlier – so in some instances that meant less sleep. The best time, for me, was the pre-dawn hours. In the quiet morning hours, I am quiet. The house is quiet. The road in front of the house is more quiet. I can pray. I can read. I can write. During the “quiet” time I can hear You, Lord, before the clamor of my day begins.

I have greatly benefited from these early morning rendezvous. Some days aren’t a problem whatsoever, other days (like today!) I struggle. But part of what keeps me going, Lord, is seeing the example You set while here on earth.

On many occasions, You would just stay up and would go off “to lonely places and pray.” (Luke 5:16Mark 1:35 says, “Before daybreak…[You] got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” You understand. You realized the importance of “alone time” with the Father. Even when You were exhausted, after a full day of teaching and healing and walking, You took the time to be alone with Your Father. Recharging Your physical battery was important but charging your spiritual battery was even more so.

The trade off, Lord is so worth it. What I glean from time spent with you sustains my life far more than that extra hour of sleep. Thank you, Jesus, for Your example. May I remain faithful – no matter the cost. Amen.

Jan 31st, Tues, 6:40 am

Gentle Awakening

Father, I continue to be amazed at the multifaceted aspects of Your loving-kindness shown to me. In times past I have spoken of how You gently wake me each and every morning. Some may be quick to say that I am giving credit where no credit is due. They may say that I am just in the habit of waking at a certain time. But as I look back over my entries of our time together, that is not the case. The times I wake up are consistently inconsistent. 🙂 Today is was 6:00, yesterday it was 4:30, a few days ago it was 5:30.

Father, You give me what I need in sleep. You wake me early enough for me to accomplish the tasks at hand for that day. there was even a day this past week where I slept through the night and didn’t wake up until Karen’s alarm went off a bit before 7:00 for her to get up for school! You knew I needed the rest so You let me sleep.

Father, you love us and You show us that love in a multitude of ways every day. Many times we don’t see because we are just not paying attention. Father, help me to pay attention, for seeing and feeling Your love for me inspires me. For if the Creator of all that there is can take time and make the effort to love me, amongst the billions of souls on this globe, then surely my soul can be enkindled to love others this day and every day.

Lord I praise You because of who You are
Not just for all the mighty things that You have done
Lord I worship You because of who You are
You’re all the reason that I need to voice my praise
Because of who You are

  – Sandi Patty, “Because Of Who You Are,” 1991

Apr 16th, Sat, 6:06am

Lifting Each Other Up

Father, the ebb and flow of life sure make it challenging. I truly believe You use all of my ups and downs to help me to grow – to stretch me. Right now life in general is on an even keel but my spiritual life is a little wonky. I want to spend time with You but part of me keeps throwing things in to the works to hinder me. I’m not waking up early enough to do this and so I don’t. I feel like You are saying, “Its time to grow up. I love You, but it is not in your best interest to continue on as a child. I am here, and I always will be, but it’s time for you to take responsibility. I want to spend time with you but you need to take the initiative to take action.” Father, I know You believe I can – help me not to let You down. Help me to grow up. Amen – so be it.

I Thessalonians 3:6-10 (<<click here)

Lord, I realize that getting together with fellow believers is of utmost importance. Your word encourages us to not give up meeting together” Hebrews 10:25 But just as important is what we do for each other in the in-between times. Our remaining strong in our faith encourages the believers to remain strong in their faith. “It gives us new life to know that [others] are standing firm in the Lord.” vs.8

Lord, help me to pray for my fellow believers, those that are near, those that are far and for those I don’t even know. Help me to be grateful for them – may they be inspirational to me to keep on keeping on. Help me to pray faithfully for them. And, Lord, help to pray for more than just physical things – though they are important as well. But help me to pray for their relationship with You. I struggle spiritually and I know that I am not alone. We all struggle. Our world and our very nature are constantly attempting to pull us from You. We want what we want. We want the easiest path. We’re tired and worn out and just want to crash…and rest… and sleep. Help us all to get that “new life” by encouraging each other to remain strong in our faith.

July 21st, Tues, 7:48 am