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Do as Dew Does

It is a heavy-eyed morning, Father, but I am truly grateful that you woke me so that I could have time with You before the day starts moving along. Speak to me this morning and may I have “ears to hear” (Matthew 11:15, Mark 4:9, Luke 8:8). Amen.

Lord, as I look out my window I can see that a heavy dew has settled all around – the grass, the windows of our vehicles and the soybeans growing across the road. Seeing it brought to mind a conversation with a cousin at last week’s family reunion where amongst other things he shared his knowledge of dew. I couldn’t remember all the particulars, so of course, I Googled it!

Throughout the day the heat of the sun causes moisture in the ground to evaporate, turning it into water vapor. As the sun sets the ground continues to radiate heat. As the temperature drops the air can no longer hold the moisture. Once the temperature reaches “dew point” the water vapor in the air it turns back into liquid water, condensing faster than it is evaporating and because of this dew forms on cooler surfaces. (Thanks Wonderopolis for the science lesson!)

In further reading, Lord, I read that in many dry and arid parts of the world, dew sustains life – for it is the only moisture plants receive through certain periods of time.

Lord, spiritually we are living in a great period of drought. Our world has gone mad! I’ve seen this passage from 2 Timothy, chapter 3 pop up several times over the last few days on Facebook,

1You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

Paul admonishes Timothy to “stay away from people like that” and understandably so – we must avoid becoming like them –  but I also believe that Paul realized the importance of our influence upon them.

We are living in spiritual drought but, Lord, I would pray that You would help me to be the dew of the earth for those, whether they realize it or not, for those who thirst for You. Amen.

Aug 20th, Sun, 6:48 am

I Need Bread

Thank You, Father, for Your watch care in our travels back and forth to Columbus yesterday through storms and heavy traffic. We may not have seen it take place but surely Your hand was there keeping us from harm. You are our provider and our protector!

Revelation 2:17 (<<click green)

Throughout Your word, Lord, You have sustained us. Early on in the Israelites journey after their bondage in Egypt, You provided bread from heaven – manna (It always makes me smile to think what this word means in Hebrew, the ancient language of the Israelites It literally means, “What is it?”). What they needed in their 40 years of wandering (because of their disobedience) You provided manna, bread from heaven – never too little, never too much.

Later, You were born amongst us to live Your life amongst us. While teaching as an adult some called for a miraculous sign as proof that You were who You claimed to be and manna was brought up. (John 6:30-59) Some highlights from this interaction are,

“My Father…offers you the true bread from heaven. The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” vs. 32-33

[You] replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty…. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day.” vs. 35, 38-39

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life. Yes, I am the bread of life! Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever… vs. 47-51

As believers, we can partake of “bread of heaven” in the here and now. If we are “victorious” in living our lives here for You, we will be given “some of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven.” (Revelation 2:17)

Lord, thank You for providing Yourself – sacrificing Yourself – so that I may be victorious. You are truly my sustainer and provider. Praise Your holy name!

July 11th, Tues, 6:16 am

Saturate My Soul

As I look out this morning, Father, I see the gently falling rain. We have not had so much precipitation lately that I know it is softly saturating the ground. Already crocuses are blooming and the warmth and rain have already encouraged our daffodils, tulips and peonies to begin their ascent from their winters rest. You have made it as such that life has an insatiable desire for water – it sustains, it refreshes, it brings life and without it life comes to end.

Lord, You are water to me. Psalm 42:1-2 says,

“As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, O God. I thirst for God, the living God.”

Being in Your presence Lord, You softly saturate my soul. You have created me with an insatiable desire for the “living water” that only You can provide – You sustain me, You refresh me. You bring me life – without You I will surely die.

Jeremiah spoke truly when he stated that we “have abandoned” You, Lord, “the fountain of living water” and we have dug for ourselves “cracked cisterns.” (Jeremiah 2:13) We have traded good for bad – that which causes us to grow for that which leads to death.

Lord, as the old hymn says,

“There shall be showers of blessing
If we but trust and obey.
There shall be showers of blessing
If we let God have his way.”

Have Your way with me, Lord, help me to trust and obey for I need  for Your Showers of blessing.

Mar 10th, Thurs, 8:38 am

I Need You

Father, You are well aware that I am heading into a very full and hectic time of year. After 15 years that is really nothing new…but our time together in the midst of it is. I truly need to spend quality time with You each day and getting home at midnight or 1:00 am some days and leaving home at 5 or 6:00 am is going to make things much more difficult. Help me, Father, to be determined to carve out time for us…it must be a priority for me!

2 Timothy 1:15-18 (<<click here)

Lord, no matter whom or where we are, we must be diligent in pursuing our relationship with You. In my passage this morning Paul refers to three individuals by name. All of them had relationships with him but only one of them stuck with him, the other two deserted him. Once again my opening thoughts are in alignment with what you want me to deal with as I read Your Word – You continue to set things up perfectly for me. Over and over again You show that they were orchestrated just for me for “such a time as this.” Esther 4:14 Thank You for Your Love, Jesus!

Lord, as the old hymn says, (<<click to listen to the hymn!)

            “I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
            Every hour I need Thee;
            Oh, bless me now, my Savior!
            I come to Thee.” 

Our time together is sweet. It sustains me thru the press of the day. For me to accomplish Your calling on my life, time with You is the one necessity that I cannot do without. You are truly a “Love that wilt not let me go.” (another old hymn)

Oct 30th, Fri, 6:33 am

Work of the Faithful

Father, thank you for a good night’s sleep. As I humbly come into Your presence I am acutely aware of my shortcomings. The Great Deceiver popped off a few rounds and I was hit. My “shield of faith” (Ephesians 6:16) dropped. I come before You asking for Your forgiveness and for the fortitude in standing strong against future assaults. Even when I stumble You are there to lift me up and set me on the narrow way once more. Praise Your holy Name – thank You for Your mercy and grace!

I Thessalonians 1:1-7 (<<click here)

Lord, I am extremely grateful for the churches I have the privilege of serving. Verses 2 & 3 of this passage, communicate a lot of how I feel being a pastor. I have wonderful people with which to walk this journey and I am thankful for them and their companionship. Living on this old earth we all need lots of prayer to keep us strong and get us through each day. I pray for them and I know many pray for me. When I pray, I “think of [their] faithful work.” Over the years we have consistently supported local ministries to help the needy, we’ve gotten behind impacting faith based films in our local community (FIREPROOF and COURAGEOUS) and been there for evangelistic events in our surrounding area (Will Graham Celebration). We pray for many people, both those close to our hearts and those we may not know – lifting up those ravaged by disease, those struggling with relationships and those struggling with the many spiritual issues in their lives. Their “loving deeds” include meals for the bereaved, letters of encouragement to those who are sick or recovering from procedures, “cheer” plates of goodies encouraging those unable to get out to church any longer, as well as, weekly contact with bulletins and CD recording of our services Lord, thank You for such loving caring people with which to serve!

And Lord we thank You for the “enduring love” You have given us. No matter what trial we may have to endure, no matter what losses we may suffer – You are there to sustain us through it all. Thank You for Your love and care!

July 6th, Mon, 5:33 am