May 20

To whom will you compare God?

Creation of the Sun and Moon by Michelangelo, ...

Creation of the Sun and Moon by Michelangelo, face detail of God. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ISAIAH 40:12-14, 17-18                             

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?  Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?  Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed Him as His counselor?  Whom did the Lord consult to enlighten Him, and who taught Him the right way?  Who was it that taught Him knowledge or showed Him the path of understanding?  Before Him all nations are as nothing; they are regarded by Him as worthless and less than nothing.  To whom, then, will you compare God?  What image will you compare Him to?

Dear Lord,

We are so infinitesimally small compared to Your eternal Greatness.  You don’t need man nor creature to do anything for You – everything is already made and exists by Your Great Hand.  Thank you for giving man knowledge of You, of how to use Your resources of land, water, air, plants and all kinds of creatures.  Forgive us, I pray, when we are thoughtless with Your Creation.  Rather teach us the right way to use Your provisions, giving You the praise and honor for Your innumerable blessings.

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May 06

He loves the alien

woman-at-the-wellDEUTERONOMY 10:17-19A                                          

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.  He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.  And you are to love those who are aliens…

 

Dear Lord,

I believe without a doubt You are the God of gods, the Lord of lords – You are the one true God.  You care about every soul, whether he or she believes in You.  From that perspective, thank you You do not show partiality, but bless all.  I especially thank you for loving the alien.  For many reasons I often feel like an alien in this world.  Help me to discern and love others who feel the same way.

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Apr 24

As far as the East is from the West

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PSALM 103:1-5, 10-12 

Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s…he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 

Dear Lord,

From my inmost being, from the deepest part of my soul that only You know, I thank you for being with me always.  For forgiving me, for continually healing my hurts, for repeatedly rescuing me from the pit of despair.  While life is complex, and sin abounds, You renew my heavy heart when it is burdened by sin and sorrow; Your forgiveness and forgetfulness of the sin that has come before gives me strength once again to rise above all that entangles my good intentions.   With loving compassion, You use me for Your good purposes.  You raise my spirit up into the heavens with You, reminding me I am simply on a journey to my eternal home.

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Apr 19

He is my stronghold

Stronghold

Stronghold (Photo credit: photophilde)

 APR 19

PSALM 37:39-40 

The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.  The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for my spiritual salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  You are my righteousness, my stronghold, my refuge.  I need You not only for my spiritual salvation, but also for the emotional, physical and financial.  I deeply need You to  deliver me from inner troubles, real and imagined, that only You can see and understand.  Be my stronghold from those hurts and fears that assail my heart daily.  They often would overwhelm my spirit if not for Your sustaining presence in my soul.  I know you are my deliverance.

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Mar 22

Persevere with a broken heart

Na Pali Coast Trail

 MAR 22

JAMES 5:11                                                                                  

As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered.  You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

 

Dear Lord,

Help me persevere through this difficult trial.  I know I need to continue against all odds, but my strength is more than gone.  And it is hard to believe in the blessing when my heart is broken to the bone.  As Job did, however, let me also feel Your presence in my soul, comforting me in the knowledge You will bring deliverance in Your time.

Mar 12

Worth of a Sparrow

Sparrows

Sparrows (Photo credit: Sergey Yeliseev)

MAR 11

LUKE 12:6-7                                                                                  

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?  Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs on your head are all numbered.  Do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

 

Dear Lord,

I am sorry, but I feel forgotten sometimes.  I try and try, yet continue to struggle to feel worthwhile in this world.  Though the world may see them as small and insignificant, You value even small sparrows.  Help me to believe Your Word that you value me even more.

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Feb 14

My spirit fails within me…

Oh Lord, Lift Up my Soul in the Morning

Oh Lord, Lift Up my Soul in the Morning (Photo credit: -RejiK)

FEB 14

PSALM 143:7-12 

Answer me quickly O Lord; my spirit fails.  Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.  Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.  Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for I hide myself in you.  Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good spirit lead me on level ground.  For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.  In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

Dear Lord,

I need to feel Your presence now, every day, every minute, every second.  My spirit fails within me, my soul despairs in darkness as I lift it to You for healing.  Renew my soul I pray, just as there is a glorious morning after a torturous storm raged during the night.  I fear my troubled soul can endure no more; but I trust in Your unfailing love to show me the way through the blackness to Your glorious light.  No longer will the darkness keep me hidden from Your sight; rather I hide myself in You.  You place me on level ground, giving me respite from the trials of life.  It is my heart’s desire to be Your humble servant, continually learning and following in Your way.

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Feb 04

In my anguish I cried to the Lord

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PSALM 118:1, 5-12  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever….In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free.  The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?  The Lord is with me; he is my helper.  I will look in triumph on my enemies.  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.  All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them off.  They swarmed around me like bees, but they died out as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off. 

 

Dear Lord,

I have been deeply hurt by others, my anguish too deep to share with anyone but You.  Only You can set me free to try to live again, to reach within where Your Spirit dwells to risk yet another injury.  Help me not be afraid, even when I am exposed to painful situations where others can discourage or harm my spirit, with unknowing or thoughtless words and actions.  I must trust in You rather than anyone around me to give me my worth.  I will look to you, my Savior and Help in time of trouble.  When painful thoughts and feelings swarm me like bees, heal their stings quickly to allow me to live alive in Your Name.  You are always with me – I trust in Your enduring love to give me the victory.

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Jan 30

I hear the sound….

Femme lyre

Femme lyre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hear the sound… of scripture being put to music. Throughout the Bible God’s people worship Him through music. In I Chronicles 15:16 when the Levites were carrying the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem “David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.” Then David sang and danced before the Lord with all his might and soul. Mere words were not enough to express the depth of his appreciation and love for his God.

I have MANY favorite worship songs. This one includes themes from both Matthew 25:6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’” and I Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” In 1986 these Words of hope inspired two brothers to write one of the most recorded songs in the history of Christian Music. When I listen to the song, the lyrics transport me to a place of expectation; expecting Christ to return for God’s children. I can hear and feel the mighty rushing wind of God’s Spirit flow over my soul, I recall the Biblical prophecies that have come to pass in my lifetime, I know the time is short for us to be His hand extended to the world while it is still day. Hearing the combination of the music crescendo and the words “When Jesus steps out..” I feel compelled to step out as a light for others to find Him, accept Him and also be caught up in the air with Him at the Midnight Cry.

Lyrics to “Midnight Cry
By Greg Day, Chuck Day

I hear the sound
of a mighty rushing wind
and it’s closer now
than it’s ever been
I can almost hear the trumpet
as Gabriel sounds the chord
at the midnight cry
we’ll be going home

When Jesus steps out
on a cloud to call His children
the dead in Christ shall rise
to meet Him in the air
and then those that remain
will be quickly changed
at the midnight cry (at the midnight cry)
when Jesus comes again

I look around me
I see prophecies fulfilling
and signs of the times
they’re appearing everywhere
I can almost hear the Father
as He says
Son go get your children
at the midnight cry
the Bride of Christ will rise

When Jesus steps out
on a cloud to call His children
the dead in Christ shall rise
to meet Him in the air
and then those that remain
will be quickly changed
at the midnight cry (at the midnight cry)
when Jesus comes again

And then those that remain
will be quickly changed
at the midnight cry (at the midnight cry)
when Jesus comes again
at the midnight cry (at the midnight cry)
when Jesus comes again
when Jesus comes again

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Jan 15

Give thanks in all circumstances

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praying girl (Photo credit: linnet555)

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thessalonians 5:16-18

How can I be joyful always when life is sometimes difficult and disappointing?  How can I give thanks in all circumstances, especially when my hopes and dreams are crushed?  I have learned by walking daily with the Lord that those three tasks are hard work… except praying continually.  I pray for His guidance and deliverance, may even need to pray myself through moment by moment.  I pray for  those I love and those around me, for compassion and patience in relationships, for knowledge and wisdom on the job, for traveling mercies on the road, for provision of my basic needs, and for blessings that I may receive some of my wants.  I may feel His presence so close the room is filled with it; or I may I wonder why He has gone so far from me I don’t know where to find Him.  But as I pray and seek Him, He reminds me He is always present whether I sense Him or not.  And because He is always present, I  give thanks in all circumstances; though it may take me a while to find that glimmer of hope reaching through my darkness.  But once I see it, I remain spiritually joyful for His constant presence.

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