Quick to Listen

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“…Everyone should be quick to listen,

slow to speak

and slow to become angry.

Because human anger does not produce

the righteousness that God desires.”

James 1:19b, 20

So if we want to show that we are Godly people, we need to listen more and talk less!

And we need to get less angry when people do or say something we don’t like.

Heavenly Father, help us to follow You by listening better, and getting angry less, even in tough circumstances (which is not easy). Amen!

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You Lord are Mighty

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“Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?

You Lord are mighty, and your faithfulness

surrounds you. You rule over

the surging sea; when its waves

mount up, you still them.”

Psalm 89: 8, 9

Here is some of that wonderful praise language I mentioned yesterday. Did you know too, that God’s faithfulness surrounds Him? And of course, there is no one like Him!

Notice too that God rules over the surging sea. Have you ever been in rough waters, metaphorically? I have! Sometimes life tosses us around and we feel beaten up.

But He stills the surging sea! And He will bring calm into your life too.

Heavenly Father, thank you that we can focus on You, Your glory and majesty, and be encouraged. And we know that You are all powerful. We praise you. Please calm our storms in this life. Amen!

    

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Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs:3, 5, 6

These verses are famous and many have heard them quoted. But they are so well known because of their truth, and they meet us right where we are. To be honest it is tough when things happen and we don’t understand why!

People get sick, relationships end and we are baffled! What happened!! Or how did this happen? In the times and experiences that are traumatizing there may be no answers. So, that is where trust comes in.

When we do trust Him, even within the traumatic experience, He will lead us, and make a way for us, maybe differently than we thought, but He will lead us.

Lord God Almighty, please help us in circumstances we cannot understand, that You would guide us, strengthen us, and lead us when they happen. Amen!

   

P.S. My friends I ask for your prayers as I continue to pray and contemplate how this blog should be done. I never thought of posting poetry here, and yet poetry is so much a part of who I am. It just flows.

I also did not seek to create a blog simply to attract Christians only. My vision has always been that all are welcomed here, and I seek to attract people of different cultures, and faiths, yes right here. I am a student really of cultures different than my own. I would love for this blog to broaden its scope, to an international community.

Pray that I would be led, and use the talents God has given me, to be a vessel for Him.

     

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The Eyes of the Lord

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“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

and his ears are attentive

to their cry;

but the face of the Lord

is against those who do evil…”

Psalm 34: 15, 16a

Now the first thing about this verse that I want to mention is, the word “righteous” does not mean self-righteous! We should never be proud of how holy or great we are. That’s called the sin of pride.

Righteous in this sense, means those who are humbly following Him. We are the redeemed, and did you know that His eyes are on us, watching over us?

And because we humbly follow Him, He hears our prayers!

Ain’t that cool?!

Lord God, thank You for loving us, watching over us, and listening to our prayers. Help us to be humble followers of You. Amen!

      

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Praise the Lord All You Nations

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“Praise the Lord all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.

For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness

of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord.”

Psalm 117

  

Is it really God’s will that all peoples praise Him? Yes!! And Amen. Now that doesn’t mean you have to believe the way I believe, or even sit in a church with wooden pews during worship.

I love the fact, that in many parts of the world worship is much different than my own. In many parts of Asia people sit on grass mats, and the music may be much different. I love the sounds I’ve heard on Asian musical instruments.

And at the end of all things – we will be there shoulder to shoulder, every tribe, language, and nation! Hallelujah!

Lord God, help us all to worship You, and to value the culture and traditions of other peoples. Amen.

     

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God is Light

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“…..God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”

I John 1: 5b, 6

Have you ever met someone that talked a great deal about faith, and never really lived it? What a mess that can be!

We know that God is perfect and yet we are not. So, some may look at this verse and ones like it, and say that if there is any sin in our hearts at all, we are doomed!

And yet this is more of a warning to all of us, not to lie to ourselves. It does not speak to our occasional mess ups, it does speak though to being phony, or not living out our faith, not living for Him. That really is walking in darkness.

Fortunately there is forgiveness, and we have an advocate with the Father!

Heavenly Father help us to live for You and rely on Your grace working in our lives. Forgive us when we do mess up, and help us to live for You! In Christ’s name, amen.

    

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Confident

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“I remain confident in this: I will see the goodness

of the Lord in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord; be strong

and take heart and wait

for the Lord.”

Psalm 27: 13, 14

Have you been praying for something for a long time, and yet you’re still waiting? This is difficult! And most of the time we can’t understand why our prayers are not answered.

But we can be confident! Our trust, and even our waiting, can actually make us strong. If we allow ourselves the time, our faith will grow and our confidence can increase.

And following God is not only about enjoying His presence when we pass away. He is very much a God of the here and now, and He knows everything we go through.

Lord God, please increase our faith, our confidence in You, even as we wait for our prayers to be answered, or even if they will not be answered at all. We know You have our best interest in mind, in Christ’s name, amen.

    

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Humility

 

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“Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages

are riches and honor and life.”

Proverbs 22: 4

It does take humility to believe in God, and to follow Him. And when we see the word fear in this verse, it is the type of fear that says I respect and have a reverence for God, so therefore I will do what He wants.

And when we do right according to God’s ways, He rewards us on many different levels. This is not a technique or method though to get rich! We can prosper in so many ways, in health, in our relationships with others, and in a life of peace!

Lord God thank You, that when we follow You, and when we choose to follow Your ways, there are great blessings, on many different levels. Help us God, strengthen our faith, and may we always have an attitude of humility, amen.

   

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To Do What is Right

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“A person may think their own ways are right,

but the Lord weighs the heart.

To do what is right and just

is more acceptable to the Lord

than sacrifice.”

Proverbs 21: 2, 3

Have you ever noticed there are times when we think we are right, and what we are doing is ok, only to find out later we are wrong! Yep, I think we all have those times.

And I love how the Lord weighs our hearts. That means He examines us, or measures our hearts – to see what is in them.

And doing what is right is more important than sacrifice! Now for us I think that means prayer. What?? Doing what is right is more important than prayer?? Yes, especially if that involves forgiving someone, or being forgiven.

That’s what Matthew 5 is all about. Forgive first – then pray! Ain’t that cool?

Heavenly Father, thank You that you love us so much, that You want what is best for us. And You want us to do what is right! Thank You God, in Christ’s name, amen.

   

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Our Refuge and Strength

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“God is our refuge and strength, an ever – present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

 and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”

Psalm 46: 1, 2

Have you ever had a really, really, tough day, and maybe you feel like your world is falling apart? I think we all have, but that is where faith comes in. It’s not that faith keeps us from having our natural emotions, but faith says we will keep going even if we don’t understand.

There is a strength within faith, that often seems supernatural. And you know what? The key really is trust.

Lord God, help us to trust You, even more than we have been. And there are times Father when we don’t understand, so help us to remain strong, and focused on you! Amen.

     

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