Father, You have blessed me with so many wonderful things, family being one of them I am so grateful to have people in my life who love me and care for me. And I am also grateful that I can love and care for them as well. We are blessed to have each other. We accept each other (for the most part) for who we are – warts and all. Thank You for Your wonderful blessing of family.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (<<click here)
Lord, no matter which way we look at it prayer is foundational in our daily walk with You – or at least it most certainly should be! I must confess I struggle to pray. If You would have me evaluate myself, the place where I have the most opportunity for growth and improvement would be my prayer life. I have made some headway in latter months but I know I can go much deeper and wider in my intimate interaction with You. I realize prayer is more than “grace” before meals and praying from the pulpit. These are very important, as well, but if my personal prayer life isn’t what it should be every aspect of my life is inhibited.
How can I effectively pray asking You to “enable [others] to live a life worthy of [Your] call.” v11a if I struggle with prayer? I can only be more effective by persevering. I cannot give up! I benefit myself and others by that perseverance.
Help me, Lord, to do so that You will give me the “power to accomplish all the good things [our] faith prompts [us and others] to do.” v11b Then only because of Your grace in our lives will Your name “be honored because of the way [we] live…” v12a
Lord, help me to be drawn to You throughout the moments of my day.
August 18th, Tues, 5:49 am
I am eager to see what You have in store for me today, Father, both in our time here this morning and throughout the events of this day! Enable me to hear Your voice and to act upon Your direction. It’s exhilarating to realize that You choose to use me! Thank You for the privilege.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (<<click here)
Lord, there is much in these last few paragraphs of 1 Thessalonians and I don’t want to miss any of it! In these two verses Paul speaks of honoring our leaders in the Lord’s work. I feel the people I serve do so but I also strive to honor the other leaders of my churches as well. I am definitely not in it for the money but I am compensated well enough. The other leaders of my churches are volunteers. I respect them, I cherish their input. I look forward to worshipping with them each week and for the most part even enjoy our time together even when we must conduct the “business” of the church.
I work to live out my relationship with You, Lord, before them. I learn from You each and every day and want to pass that learning on but their lives teach me as well. My leaders pull weeds and scrub pews – servant leadership is a lifestyle for many. I watch as they struggle with difficult situations of aging parents and wayward children – yet their faith holds. I see them valiantly fight against cancer and remain strong though death pulls loved ones from their arms.
Lord, as each of these examples goes on paper, they are not just passing thoughts. Each one has at least one face that fills my mind’s eye – sometimes there are several faces. These scenarios involve those who are still with me today but I can think of many others that involved those who are no longer with me, but with You.
Your faithful followers continue to build Your church and all of them deserve to be honored and respected. I do my part but most assuredly I have not and cannot do it alone. Lord, give us Your direction and fill us with Your love to carry on. Amen.
July 29th, Wed, 7:06 am
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
Thank You in advance, Father, for the beautiful day ahead! Also, thank You for yesterday’s blessings. It was so nice being with Karen all day – talking, laughing, eating, and looking. I am so grateful that Your hand has been upon us. You have answered our prayers and the prayers of others – our love for each other is stronger than ever. May it ever be so. Praise Your holy name!
I Thessalonians 3:1-5 (<<click here)
Harold Hill proclaimed in The Music Man, “Trouble, oh we got trouble… with a capital “T” and I can surely say it’s not limited to River City. Lord, we all struggle with trouble. Through the years many have tried to blame sin or lack of faith for the trouble we experience. Now we can get ourselves into trouble with sin or a lack of faith but many times You use our trials and tribulations to “build character (James 1:2-4), perseverance (Romans 5:3-5) and sensitivity toward others who also face trouble (2 Corinthians 1:3-7).*NLT LASB
Lord, we can’t avoid them so help us not to fume and stress but to trust You to get us through them and when we come out on the other side that we will be more like You!
July 18th, Sat, 7:29 am
*New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible
Father thank You for helping me get some sleep last night. To You alone be the praise and glory for Massey making it home. Thank You for working out all the details!
Philippians 3:4-11 (<<click here)
Lord, in many, many ways I am tremendously blessed and I am grateful and give You all the credit. But I do struggle – am I using the gifts you have given me in the right way? I know You use me, I’m so glad that You are able to touch people through me in all the areas of my life. It weighs on my mind that I would be hesitant to give up Kohl’s to serve in “ministry” full time. I’ve sure gone back and forth with it enough! I feel that You use me where I am in life and that I am where You want me to be. I do want to make it very clear though that you can do with me whatever You please. Take Kohl’s from me if that is what’s best. Place me wherever You need me. I know that You will take care of me and my future – beyond a shadow of a doubt. Help me to be the best instrument possible that will be useful to You at Kohl’s , at church, in my home, on Facebook (and now my blog) – everywhere. I want to be used by You. Please keep it at the forefront of my mind and heart! My desire is to be used by You in all I say and do!
May 28th, Thurs, 9:58 am