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Tough Love

Father, I need Your help this morning. Things in life are crowding into my mind. Help me to give them over to You. My rehashing over them is accomplishing nothing. This is our time. Lead me down the paths You would have me go.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 (<<click here)

Lord, this verse truly shows Paul to be a proponent of tough love. In my mind’s eye, I see him as a tough nut, not one to put up with much foolishness but also one who literally give you the robe of his back. He was a man of great love but also one who would not back down on the truth. Of course, he was just as human as I am but he truly strove to be like You in all he did.

Lord, help me, too, to be like You in all I do! This verse pulls out one small snippet of life but shows clearly how we must respond to life. Life is all about discerning situations, responding in love and patience, for myself and others to do the very best we can, even if there is some pushing involved.

Way too often we go the easiest route. We don’t warn the lazy – it’s easier to complain behind their back. It’s just too much work to change them. But if that is our response, nothing improves. Things don’t get done. We are frustrated. We think poorly of others and tear them down. Warnings with patience! Love is best.

Sometimes we respond the same way to those who are timid, though their lack of activity may be due to shyness or fear of doing something wrong. Again encouraging them with love and patience will move everyone farther down the desired path.

The path of least resistance may be easy, but unfortunately, it doesn’t really get us anywhere. Tasks don’t get done with efficiency but more importantly, we miss opportunities to love and lift each other up.

Lord, help me to invest in people with love and patience.

July 30th, 2015, Thurs, 7:46 am

Determine My Steps

A little later night than usual yesterday, Father, and I am feeling it this morning. But, truly, there is no other place I would rather be than right here, right now. Bless me this day, Father. May Your Holy Spirit guide and direct my every thought and action – my life is in Your hands. Amen, so be it.

Proverbs 3:5-6,

            Trust in the lord with all your heart,
            Do not depend on your own understanding.
            Seek his will in all you do,
            And he will show you which path to take.

Lord, as I sit here thinking of and praying for loved ones, these verses are very applicable. Another verse that comes to mind is from Proverbs 16:9, “We can make our plans but the Lord determines our steps.”

Somewhere in the attic is my old NIV Student Study Bible and I am pretty sure that in it, written on an old Post it note, is Proverbs 16:9. I remember having it posted at my desk my freshman year at Mt Vernon Nazarene College. It was important to me then… and is important to me now.

As a follower of You, Lord, this continues to be my heart’s desire. I am grateful that You have fleshed it out in my life. I have made my plans – often seeking Your direction but often also going solely on what I thought best. You know my heart, You know what is best. I am by no means perfect but I truly want to do Your will in my life and regardless of my poor choices, or my bad attitudes and actions, You have determined my steps using the good, the bad and the ugly to make me who I am today.

I may be a little worn and weary. I may have lots of dings, dents and scratches, there may be quite a few miles on this body…and soul… of mine, but You’ve been with me through it all. All I have experienced has made me more able to understand and relate to those with whom I interact with every day – at work, at home and at church. Lord, as I continue to make my plans, please continue to determine my steps. Use me as You will.

Apr 22, Fri, 5:18 am

Take My Hand

Father, this hymn seems appropriate this morning.

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light.

It makes no sense to feel regret for my frailty for that is a big part of who we are. I know that. You know that. I cannot do anything to make that go away. But what I do, and should regret, is not taking Your hand. Where I am weak, You are strong. When I am tired and worn, You, Lord, are continuously refreshed and ready for battle. Storms may come, darkness abounds but You are not hindered, You are not thwarted. You, the Light, lead me on. Forgive me, Lord, help me to grab hold of Your hand and to not let go. You are my salvation.

Jan 3rd, Sun, 7:51 am