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Seeing Through the Layers

Father, thank You for a productive and enjoyable day with Karen yesterday. Thank You for Your watch care over us. Thank You for our relationship. I am truly blessed! Bless her this day, Father, and help me to love her more and more each day.

1 Thessalonians 5:20-22 (<<click here)

Lord, this is a good reminder from Paul. Lots of things are proclaimed in my world. Some are obviously true and some are blatantly false. The challenge comes with those things that are in between – things that are not so clearly black and white. I am so grateful that You are there to help me to discern what is good and what is evil. Help me to listen to Your direction. Our natural tendency is to just go with the flow – we don’t wait to stick out – we want everyone to like us. Just because good people around us accept something or someone as good doesn’t mean that that is the case. And sometimes good people reject something or someone because they label them as evil and unfortunately the “love” factor is totally rejected as well. Again, Lord, I ask for discernment. Sometimes the crowd is right but sometimes Your desire is for us to see through the layers. Many wear masks – in both the realms of good and evil. Help me to see through the duplicity of some who claim to be good but who are hiding things detrimental to Your kingdom. Then help me to read between the lines, to hear between the words to see under the layers of protection to see those that many would just write off as useless. God is at the core – help me not to miss it. Help me not to just reject them because they don’t measure up to acceptable norms.

August 7th,  2015, Fri, 7:48 am

That’s a Wrap

This day, Father, is from Your gracious hand and I give myself to You. Fill this empty vessel and use me to impact the world in a mighty way for You and Your kingdom. Amen.

1 John 5:13-21 (<<click here)

As the Apostle John is wrapping up his correspondence, he touches on the assurance of eternal life and the confidence we can have in coming to You in prayer, Lord. We are admonished to avoid sin and to hold firm to the indisputable fact of Your deity.

These things are all truly important, hence John’s reminder. But his final statement catches my attention.

“Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” v21

keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.

  • keep away – avoid, don’t even get close
  • anything – all inclusive, no “what about this?” questions
  • might – even if it hints at the possibilities, no matter how innocent
  • God’s place – reserved for God and God alone, nothing else suffices, nothing can usurp His rightful place

Sin and the enemy of our souls can both be very sly and subtle. We must be wary. We must be alert. He will use and throw across our path whatever will trip us up.

Lord, help me to remain true to You. May I avoid those little things that I think don’t hurt anything. Enable me to keep my eyes and my heart focused on You. Amen.

May 23rd, Tues, 6:40 am

Your Light Broke Through

Father, I’ve been here for ten minutes and am fretting over what to write You. Everything that pops into my head sounds like something I’ve already written several times in some way or another. I was stymied until You spoke into my spirit and said that You don’t mind if I repeat myself. I thought, my mother doesn’t care how many times I start off with, “Good morning, Mother.” What’s important to her is that I am calling! What’s important to You is that I am here with You. We are spending time together, and I am the better for it. Thank You, Father.

1 John 1:5-7 (<< click here)

“God is light…” and my study Bible* says that “light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable.” By nature we are not light – we are darkness which “represents what is sinful and evil.” We were not created to be that way but are that way by birth. We cannot make our own light. In fact, many don’t even realize that they are trapped in the darkness. They trudge through life stumbling blindly about trying to find their way.

And, Lord, only You can help us. Only You can shine Your light into our darkness. It shows things as they truly are. Only You can lead us out of our own darkness into Your light. And as John proclaims, “if we are living in the light, as God is in the light…the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” You are our only hope and with great gratitude, You are mighty to save!

As I’ve been writing, a song has been rambling through my mind and it is definitely worth sharing. The song is “Your Love Broke Through” by Keith Green. Light isn’t in the lyrics but love is and You are love as well!

Like a foolish dreamer, trying to build a highway to the sky
All my hopes would come tumbling down, and I never knew just why
Until today, when you pulled away the clouds that hung          
     like curtains on my eyes
Well I’ve been blind all these wasted years and I thought I was so wise
But then you took me by surprise
Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I’ve been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me
Until your love broke through
All my life I’ve been searching for that crazy missing part
And with one touch, you just rolled away the stone that held my heart
And now I see that the answer was as easy, as just asking you in
And I am so sure I could never doubt your gentle touch again
It’s like the power of the wind
Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I’ve been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me
Until your love, your love, broke through
Songwriters: Keith Gordon Green / Randy Stonehill / Todd Fishkind
Your Love Broke Through lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

Mar 28th, Tues, 6:36 am

Ready to Suffer?

Father, what will this day hold? Only You know. The plan is getting things done here at home, lunch with Karen, have my phone checked out, and an 8-hour closing shift at Kohl’s before heading back home. Yes, that is the plan but only You know for sure and You know the particulars. Father, my day is Yours. May I be faithful and true to You in whatever circumstances I find myself. Amen.

1 Peter 4:1-3 (<<click here)

Lord, as I read this passage I have to honestly ask myself if I am “ready to suffer.” You suffered physical pain. The pain You suffered wasn’t punishment for wrongdoing – though that was the intent of the religious leaders of Your day. All of humanity was in debt to sin – we all owed but none, not one of us, could pay. The wages of our sin was death (Romans 6:23) – but You took on our debt and You paid it in full by Your suffering and death. When we accept Your gift of salvation that debt is eradicated and we are reconciled in our relationship with You.

You created us knowing You would have to suffer but in all honesty am I “ready to suffer” for You? I am no different than anyone else; I don’t seek out pain. If I have anything to say about it, I avoid pain and suffering. But just as truly, I believe I would take a bullet for a loved one, I would suffer for You, Lord. Because of all You’ve done for me, it’s the least I can do. Because You love me the way You do, I must stand for You. I pray for Your strength and wisdom and courage. Only You know the particulars of what my life holds. My life is Yours. May I be faithful and true to You in whatever circumstances I find myself. Amen.

Feb 1st, Wed, 6:14 am

No Cakewalk

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Father, as I bowed my head at the beginning of our time together this morning, I have pondered aspects of our relationship. And in doing so You have brought an old hymn to mind. This hymn, as many do, gives much food for thought. Written in 1906 by Howard A. Walter it is entitled, “I Would Be True.”

I would be true,
For there are those who trust me;
I would be pure,
for there are those who care;
I would be strong,
For there is much to suffer;
I would be brave,
For there is much to dare.

I would be friend of all –
The foe, the friendless;
I would be giving,
And forget the gift;
I would be humble,
For I know my weakness;
I would look up,
And laugh, and love, and lift.

I would be faithful
Through each passing moment;
I would be constantly
In touch with God;
I would be strong
To follow where he leads me;
I would have faith
To keep the path Christ trod.

Lord, living out our relationship is not easy. It was never intended to be a cake walk. The life You lead, the example You set while living amongst us shows this all to be true. Following You, being Your disciple, calls for diligent, consistent dedication. By Your Spirit, we are enabled to do so but we cannot take our eyes off of You – as an inspiration to not give up – for our destination, eternity with You, is more than worth it! Amen.

Nov 22nd, Tues, 4:40 am