What? Me Worry?

Thank You, Father, for a wonderful day yesterday!  I enjoyed our worship times and am so grateful that we could feel Your presence there. Please, help me more and more to come in time with You…with what You want to take place at both Beulah and Liberty Chapel. Also, thank You for such a great day with Karen and Massey, I cherish our times together! As life marches on, these times, as You well know, get farther and farther apart. Bless our time with one another; Help us savor every moment, Father, thank You for my family!

Philippians 4:6 (<<click here)

“Don’t worry about anything: instead pray about everything.” v6a

I sit here worrying about how to respond to this passage. I sit here praying about how to respond to this passage. That’s just crazy! As I read this passage, my first thought was, “I don’t worry that much.” Now maybe there are things I don’t worry about that others do but I do worry about things. Some of those things to others would be silly. Like, many times I would really like responding to people’s posts on Facebook – I find things inspiring or sometimes posts just touch me, they make me think, they make me realize important things, they bring tears to my eyes. But then I worry, what should I say, how should I say it, will they think I’m stupid, or odd or that I’m out of touch with reality or that I’m putting too much in to what they were saying. And this can occupy my thoughts for hours. That’s just crazy!

Lord, help me…Your Word says, “Don’t worry about anything.” Guide my thoughts and actions in directions that will impact Your kingdom. If something I can say or do will draw someone to You or shed a ray of light into the darkness of this world or will provide others with a quick embrace of Your love… so be it.

Jesus, help me to pray – and act – worrying just keeps the wheels spinning but gets me, nor Your kingdom anywhere.

Lord, You surely work in wonderful ways! I’ve told You “what [I] need” v6b And right now “I thank you for all you have done” v6c and all You will do. You love me and You want me to succeed – not success as the world defines it, but success in that I will more and more fulfill my role as Your child – bringing glory to Your name!

June 1st, Mon, 8:28 am

Flavor My Actions

Good morning, Father! Thank you for yesterday and Your many blessings – a good day of work, bringing Massey safely home, an enjoyable trip to Rachel’s grad party and a good evening with family. Thank You for today, looking forward to what You have in store – Your presence in worship and whatever our other endeavors might be. And thank You for now – I am so grateful we have this time together!

Philippians 4:2-5 (<<click here)

My study Bible* defines being considerate as being “reasonable, fair-minded and charitable.” Paul calls us to “let everyone see that [we] do.” v5 It really boils down to thinking of others before ourselves. Lord, help me to impact the world around me by thinking of those around me instead of myself – and that includes family and friends, coworkers and total strangers. Lord, I feel that my personality has a leaning towards this mindset – though I am sure selfish pride works its way in way to often! Please help consideration to become a bigger part of my life. And I would humbly ask that You would be at the center of each act – that You “flavor” my actions so others would clearly get a “taste” of You each time and that they would know that You are working through me – for “You are near.”

May 31st, Sun, 6:17 am

*New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible

Stay True

Good morning, Father! I’m so glad that we have this time together. Draw me close to Your side. Envelope me in Your love and presence. “Make me, mold me, fill me, use me” “Spirit of the living God, fall fresh on me.”

Philippians 3:17-4:1 (<<click here)

“…stay true to the Lord…”

Committed, dedicated, going the right way – not veering to the right or left.

Lord, as I ponder Paul’s admonition to “pattern [our] lives after [his]” it brings to mind our great tendency as human beings – to follow people, to pick up their mental processes and the way they do things?

What a great responsibility I have! I know that people have their own responsibility to follow You, Jesus but many times they follow what they can see. Lord, enable me to be the kind of leader that You need me to be, staying true to You. I must remain committed to Your call on my life – not just as a pastor, though that is very important, but as Your follower. My life must be dedicated to embracing Your mindsets and attitudes as my own daily, minute by minute. This journey I am on must be aligned by You – You are my TRUE north, as such. You must be my aim, my goal. The only way for me to lead – is to follow! Please help me to “stay true” to You!

May 30th, Sat, 6:30 am

Press On!

Press On!

Abba, You are so gracious to wake me every morning. Thank You for Your love and watching over me. Help me to focus on You throughout my day and to hear and heed what You would have me say and do and think upon. I praise You and I lift Your name on high where it rightly belongs!

Philippians 3:12-16 (<<click here)

Lord Jesus, enable me to mine the riches of this passage this morning – clear the cobwebs, block the distractions, please.

“Press on” “possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me” “focus on…forgetting the past… looking forward to what lies ahead” “press on…to the end of the race” “hold on to the progress…already made.”

Don’t just sit back and pray it happens – push ahead! Lord, You know what I need. “Before the creation of the world, You knew me (and loved me! )” You know the perfection You have for me. Help me to diligently “press on”! – to put all my energy and effort into pursuing that and to coming to a full knowledge of what that means!

There’s nothing I can do about my past – failings, bad decisions, things which I think were undeservingly done to me – my goal TODAY is to focus on “looking forward to what lies ahead.” “Press on!” to what You have yet for me to do, to what I have yet to learn, to a still deeper relationship with You! I don’t know what all of that is or means but help me to trust You with it all!

Help me, give me the tenacity to not lose ground but to “hold on to the progress… already made” You’ve helped me come so far from where I was, Lord and I know my apprenticeship is nowhere near complete. I give You all the credit for progress made and cling to Your grace and mercy to carry me forward, upward- higher and higher! Solidify my grounding in You – strengthen my foundation. May the roots of my life delve deeper into You – fortifying me, feeding me the richness of Your resources. Storms will come. I pray you will enable me to stand tall, to not fall, and to get myself upon the “Rock that is stronger than I” Help me to be a lighthouse for You that will endure. Persevere! And because of that endurance that my light would shine all the brighter, constantly, deliberately drawing others to You!!

May 29th, Fri, 6:09 am

In searching for a picture for this post I was reminded of this song by Building 429 – check it out! 

♪♫♪ Press On ♫♪♫

Sometimes this world starts breaking me down
I get so lost I think I’ll never be found
And there are moments of fear and doubt
Even the best fall to the ground

I am a mess, I am a wrecking ball
I must confess that I still don’t get it all
Lord I believe that all Your words are true
Doesn’t matter where I’m going if I’m going with You
I press on, I press on, I press on
When I still don’t get it

I see the world through my jaded eyes
I get frustrated when there is no Why
I put my focus on worthless things
Even the strong fall to their knees
God only knows what we all need

Life goes on, life goes on
But Your love will prove
All I need, all I need
I will find in You
Life goes on, life goes on
But Your love will prove
All I need, all I need
I will find in You
I press on

Life goes on, life goes on
But Your love will prove
All I need, all I need
I will find in You
Life goes on, life goes on
But Your love will prove
All I need, all I need
I press on

Publishing: © 2013 Sony/ATV Tree Publishing /Havery Publishing (BMI), Pneumatic Man (ASCAP)
Writer(s): Jason Roy, Rob Hawkins

I’m Yours, Lord

ISurrenderAll

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

Doing it right for once.