A Prayer for Wisdom

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I thank You My God that You know all things, even making the concept of time.

I can’t see the future, so I ask that You guide us, lead us, and help us to make the right decisions. In our following You, guide our steps, teach us wisdom.

You know that we are not perfect, and yet neither are we stone. We are Your people so give us wisdom, Lord God Almighty, as we trust in You.

Amen and amen. 

     

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Blessed is the One

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“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, 

and blessed is the one 

who trusts in the Lord.”

Proverbs 16:20

Do you ever think of yourself as being blessed because you trust in the Lord? Well it’s true!

It can be tough to realize how blessed we are, especially in the midst of difficult circumstances. But over the years I’ve seen God do some amazing things in my life, and in my family’s lives!

These types of faith boosters can actually strengthen us when we consider them.

And you know what? When we give heed to God’s instruction, we not only learn but experience first hand God’s faithfulness to us. And our faith is increased. Ain’t that so cool?

Lord God thank you so much for teaching us, building our faith and our trust in You!

Help us to continue to love and follow You! Hallelujah!

Amen.

 

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

A Prayer to God, My Rock

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Lord God, You are my rock, my fortress, my deliverer

God I ask that You stand by me

be my shield,

my strong tower,

the One who lifts me up

because only You have the power

to encourage

as we walk through the fire.

There is no one like You My God,

no one.

Turn back the despair

and strengthen me.

Amen.

    

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A Closer Walk

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A closer walk is not always on the easy trail My God,

but I will do my best

not to stumble,

as I receive strength

through Your words

and courage

through prayer.

 

Note: I will be here on a reduced level for the next couple of weeks, due to my wife being diagnosed with cancer – again. I hope to post on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

We appreciate your prayers!

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As We Walk Together

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A slower walk, a quieter heart

a pause

in between pages turning

as I begin to look up,

and forward

I see the gift given

a faith most ancient

and yet

stronger than the mountain

leading me into the confidence

of hope building

firm foundations

as we walk together

you and I,

O Lord my God.

      

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Thunder and Lightning

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“When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, ‘Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.’

Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid…..’”

Exodus 20: 18-20a

So is the God of the Old Testament somehow different from the God of the New Testament? My Mom used to say, God was always angry in the “Old” Testament but He is loving and kind in the “New” Testament.

But let’s think about the context for these verses. God was giving the Ten Commandments, not the Ten Suggestions! He was working with a group of people and establishing them as a people that should be different, than the other people around them.

His people were told to not worship idols, to not commit adultery, to not sacrifice their children to idols. Yes, unfortunately there was human sacrifice in other nations. God’s people were to be different, but in a positive way. So, in a sense God was “laying down the law.”

Now in the times of the Messiah, there were quite a few cases of his blasting away at the hypocrites! He often called them, snakes, vipers, serpents! And remember the time he chased the money changers (people making a profit at the Temple) with a whip? Look out!

My point is God did not change, but the context of His interactions with us humans did. God is the same yesterday, today and forever! Yes, God is loving, kind and forgiving. And yet He is also holy, mighty – far above the heavens, and all powerful too.

Lord God, as we follow You, help us to have a balanced view of Your holiness and Your love. Thank You My God that we don’t have to afraid of the thunder and lightning, and that we can pray to You, with humble hearts as we seek to do Your will.

We praise You, and may You forever be praised!

Amen.

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

A Walk of Faith

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A walk of faith is never marching blindly, into the scorching sun

instead a strengthening

of our hearts, our legs

in the steep mountain trails

courage for floods

taking over the valley

a quiet peace of knowing

with confidence walking

our pathways given,

an assurance really

in trusting the One

Who made us all.

      

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Friday Focus – Prayer

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“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all you heart.” Jeremiah 29: 13

So how much should we pray? Should we pray everyday? I once knew of a pastor that woke his family up at 4:00am everyday so they all could have Bible reading and prayer, for one hour together!

Now I did not know him personally but I’m sure his intentions were good. But we do need to be careful of spiritual burnout! And I hope his children did not grow up resenting their father or his faith.

So back to the question, prayer and meditation are always good. It’s a good habit too, for a daily time set aside. And we can pray during the day as we meet different challenges.

But in our busy schedules that can be difficult. Do not feel condemned though! Simply be consistent.

I once heard it put this way. We enjoy spending time with those we love. And we make time for our loved ones so we can build solid relationships.

Well, the same is true, perhaps even more so, in our relationship with God. Did you know our faith is based on our relationship?

I wish you peace.

   

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When We Love You God

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“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from you country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you….””

Genesis 12: 1, 2a

So why did God choose Abraham to do something new in the earth? Well I think He knew Abraham’s heart. For one thing we know Abraham could hear God speaking, so that means He was a man of faith.

He was a man that loved God. And he would even be willing to leave most of his family behind, and go to a place he had never seen before! Amazing.

I’m sure God knew all that ahead of time. God knew he was a man that could be trusted. Ain’t that so cool?

So what amazing plans does God have for you? We may not be going out to start a new nation, but He has wonderful things in store, some amazing places, some great plans for us!

Lord God, thank You that when we trust in You, when we love You God, You will do amazing things with us and through us! So we look forward to the future!

Amen and amen.

    

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quote from the NIV Bible

 

If You Keep My Commands

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“If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love…..

John 15: 10a

Speaking or writing about commandments is not popular at all is it? In Christian circles we often focus on God’s grace. And God is forgiving, and gracious but here Jesus tells us we need to follow Him, and His commands.

In fact, doing what He says, is a very real proof that we love God. No believer should ever think that sin is ok, because God will just wink at us on the side, and let it go.

That’s not the same as grace, it is very much like taking for granted – His forgiveness. Grace viewed this way can be seen as a right, or even an excuse to go ahead and sin. Yuck!

Maybe you’ve been taught this way, or that we just cant help ourselves, but let’s never use God’s grace as a license or an excuse to sin.

God wants us to love Him, and to do good!

Heavenly Father thank for Your love and forgiveness. Help us to have hearts that seek to do Your will! And forgive us, when we do sin.

Amen and amen.

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quote from the NIV Bible