Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Matthew 21:9 - "Hosanna"

Last night as I was teaching the children about Palm Sunday I wondered if there were some who would have a problem with grasping the meaning of 'Hosanna.' I do not know what they live with or if they can truly praise the Lord. I thought about how some may live in homes of turmoil. Could their little minds grasp the fact that when we praise Him it helps us through tough times? Could they begin to understand when we praise Him it knocks the enemy down? If they have an earthly Father who is abusive, could they have a relationship with their Heavenly Father who loves them so greatly? All of these things went through my mind. The more I thought about them, the more I became determined to teach them about Jesus. He loves us more than anyone else ever could. He loves us unconditionally. His love is a different kind of love than we can receive from someone else. People do not deserve our praise the way He does. People will hurt us but He never will. People will let us down but He never will. 

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for these children You have put into my life. Thank You for the opportunities to love on them with Your love. I pray they can comprehend Your love and see how You love them no matter what is happening in their little world. May I have opportunity to be You to them in a way that will make You real to them. Father, cleanse me so my actions, words, and attitude are Yours. Fill me to overflowing with more of You. I pray for physical, mental, and emotional strength for Doc today in the workplace. May He feel Your empowerment. Thank You Jesus for being My Hosanna! Amen.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Psalm 19:14 - "Words"

I started a new journey last night with a group of five other ladies. It is the "Unglued" study by Lysa Terkeurst. It is a study about realizing what comes out of your mouth when you are offended, hurt, etc. Everyone becomes 'unglued' from time to time. People know how to push our buttons. Sometimes it is the people we are closest too that do it. Many times they are the ones we become 'unglued' on. Many times the reason we become 'unglued' is due to lack of communication within our relationships. Lysa challenges all to find imperfect progress as we seek to understand our emotions better and how to Biblically handle them. I am looking forward to this study. I also was blessed in the way God used laughter last night with my friends to soothe this hurting soul. I am tired of not feeling 'right' and last night encouraged my heart. I praise His Holy Name for providing a great day of encouragement yesterday. My time with Amy in the morning, my time with Carol in the afternoon, and then our group last night were all a blessing.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for Nancy leading our "Unglued" study. I pray all of us will benefit from it as we seek more of You. I also thank You for the time with friends yesterday. I thank You for the way You love me so greatly. May You cleanse me so You can fill me to overflowing so You can use me to be a beacon of light in my little world. May You continue to be my words, actions, and attitude in a mighty way. I thank You for the biopsy of one yesterday and the biopsy of her daughter today. I pray a continual strength in this family as they go through these tough times. Today is a full day with school and getting ready for tonight's children and teen activities. I pray not only for physical strength but emotional and mental strength. I pray You will keep my focus on You so I do not miss any opportunity You put before me. Thank You Jesus for being My Strength. Amen.

Monday, March 19, 2018

James 5:16 - "Reckless Love"

Yesterday was a day of receiving one prayer request after another. There are so many people hurting. Some are from decisions they have made themselves, others are from decisions made by others, and others are just because of life issues. I am praying for the Lord's will in all these circumstances but especially praying for some of the circumstances where people are not in relationship with Him...

  • family with the death of my aunt so soon after the sudden death of her son
  • father/husband traveling for work this week
  • a family with relationship issues
  • a lady having a biopsy today; her daughter having a biopsy tomorrow - strength for the family members
  • newlyweds as they adjust to their new marriage
  • a husband and children as they deal with the wife/mother's alcoholism
  • a lady with multiple health issues who is facing multiple surgeries
  • a young wife/mother who lost her husband yesterday due to a heart attack
  • a couple in turmoil and separated; another couple talking of divorce
  • a couple who have drifted apart after many years of marriage
  • a couple dealing with a high risk pregnancy and nearing the end of the first trimester
  • a man with prostate cancer
  • a man dealing with difficult situations in the workplace
  • a wife/mother feeling inadequate
Father, I pray these people will draw into a relationship with You that will make a difference in their life. I pray they will seek You in a different, new way. May You be so real to them. I also pray for a cleansing in my spirit so You can fill me to overflowing with more of You. Lord, there are so many who need to let go of self so they can walk in obedience to You. May I be a beacon of light in my little world so people will see You through me. May You be my words, actions, and attitude throughout this day. Thank You Jesus for being My Everything. Amen.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Colossians 3:23-24 - "Carry Me"

During the night the Lord had me pray for pastors to listen to Him during their sermon. He told me to pray they would allow Him "to take them off their script so My words would be spoken." He then had me pray for women who are pastors. There are many who are hurting and their hurt is getting in the way of the ministry He has for them. He told me to pray for them to not take things people say personally because their words are an open door for the enemy. I do not understand why some women have such a hard time with pastoring. Maybe I am just naive. Or maybe because I am not a lead pastor I do not get ridiculed the way many say they have. I don't know what it is but I do know I have been in many conversations with pastors who are ladies that are upsetting. God told me He was hurt over the words spoken in such conversations. He also reminded me of the words of Paul in Colossians 3:23-24. I remember when we first went to Willard and I was trying to do everything anyone wanted. He gave me this Scripture to ponder upon and told me He is the only One I am to please. If doing that, others are pleased that is fine but people should not be in control of my life. He is the Only One for that position. He had me pray for pastors who need reminded that He is the One who called them.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the privilege to pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ who are vocationally called into ministry. Thank You that I have not struggled as some of my sisters have in ministry. Thank You for loving me so much that You encourage me with words such as in Colossians 3:23-24. Father, I desire to serve You and only You. Cleanse me so You can fill me to overflowing with more of You. May you ooze out of me today in a different, new way. Father, I ask for physical strength as once again I had little sleep. I ask for a physical healing in my arm from this pain that is so intense. Most of all I ask that neither of these situations will take my focus off of You. Thank You Jesus for being My Carrier. Amen.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

James 1:2-4 "Old Church Choir"

Last night after laying awake for a long time I asked the Lord if there was someone I was to pray for. He had me pray for two pastors for 'wisdom' and then had me share it with them. I remember a few years ago I would have fretted over telling someone what the Lord had me pray for them. I am so thankful those days are over. I am grateful for the way He has me walking in obedience to His will. After I prayed for them He had me pray for a young man whose wife left him. He was raised in the church but has been away from God for several years. God used this trying time in his life to speak to Him. I prayed he would take the questions he has and turn them into a relationship with God. I prayed for there to be loving believers to go beside him and love on him with Jesus' love. He then had me pray for many who are pregnant or just given birth.

  • the young mother in her last days of pregnancy
  • the mother who just found out she is having a girl
  • the mother with a high risk pregnancy who is nearing the end of the first trimester
  • the mother who had her third about six weeks ago
  • Emily with Baby Weston
  • the woman who continues to try to have a baby but it has not been God's time
  • the couple awaiting the birth of their third one and another couple awaiting the birth of their 'surprise' next month
So many people were brought to my mind to pray for. After I prayed and felt like I was done praying I still could not go to sleep. I prayed for the Lord to give me sleep but it still did not happen. I once again asked Him to take care of my medication issue. I don't understand why there seems to be adversity in almost every area of our life. Yesterday when Doc was in pain he commented how it seemed like there was always an issue in his physical body. I don't understand but I do know the attacks are real. I thought of James 1:2-4 and prayed for God to continue to strengthen us and to enable us to keep our joy. I then thought of the words of my classmate yesterday...

"We need people to help us keep the enemy at bay. I heard a sermon the other day and the pastor said that when Satan gets you one on one he has got you. He starts whispering things in your ear that cause self-doubt, anger, jealousy, etc. When we have Jesus and our community of faith we are able to fight off Satan's whispers."

I am grateful for people who pray for us and encourage us. There are times I get to the point of not knowing how to pray but that's OK. God doesn't need our words. He just needs our love.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for giving me the privilege to pray for so many last night. I pray my prayers will be blessed. I also pray for physical strength today as I am functioning on less than five hours of sleep. Lord, cleanse me so You can fill me. I pray there will be no distractions today that will make me miss what You desire of me. Keep my focus intently on You so I will see what You desire of me. I pray for open doors with my words, actions and attitude today. Thank You Jesus for being My Joy. Amen.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Revelation 5:5-9 - "Lion and The Lamb"

I woke up this morning with a song Big Daddy Weave sings going through my mind....

Our God is the Lion
The Lion of Judah
He's roaring with power
And fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before You
Our God is the Lamb
The Lamb that was slain
For the sin of the world
His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb
Oh every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb

Wow! God is so awesome in the way He is everything for us. He is a 'Lion' in the way He protects us yet as Jesus He is a 'Lamb' in the way He died for us. I can't even imagine what life on this earth would look like with everyone bowing before Him. I said yesterday something along the lines that I was so ready for His return. The person I was talking to said, "Oh no...not yet!" I desire for His return so much yet there are still many not ready for it. When the person said this, I thought about how I need to get better sharing Him with people. I need to be ready for opportunities He puts before me and then run with them. I need to be praying more for souls to be saved. I do not want Jesus' death to go for naught. I desire to honor Him through my obedience. He was the sacrificial Lamb who took away my sins. He also is the Lion who conquers the enemies who go against me every day. Oh how I wish more people would be in relationship with Him so they could see Him as their Lion and Lamb. I pray more people would realize just what it means to live a life of obedience to Him.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for this song this morning that reminds me of the aspect of You being my Lion in the way You protect me from my enemies and the way You are my Lamb in that You sacrificed Yourself for me. Thank You for the opportunities to be Your hands and feet yesterday. Thank You for the opportunities ahead in this day. Father, cleanse me so You can fill me. Love on me with Your love in such a way that it oozes out of me. Be my words, actions, and attitude today wherever You lead me. Father, give me boldness in my words so people will have no doubt You are the One in control of my life. Thank You Jesus for being My Lion and My Lamb. Amen.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Psalm 46:10 - "Still"

I love when the Lord gives me an encouraging dream. Last night I dreamt I was in a church service filled with people. The majority of them were worshiping the Lord with singing, dancing, etc. They appeared to be expressing their love for the Lord without even realizing there were others around them. The room was full of different races and ages of people. It was an encouragement because it was a room I've never been in with people I did not recognize. I could have been discouraged because I was unable to stand due to a MS exacerbation but instead I was content to be a part of such a service. I thought of how the Lord has used previous exacerbations to open my eyes to things and take me deeper. I wondered if that was the purpose of this exacerbation. I also thought about how a friend told me God told her to 'sit' in a particular situation she is dealing with. Sometimes we must be stilled in order to receive what He has for us. I think of Psalm 46:10 which tells us when we are still, He will be exalted. We cannot manipulate our circumstances to have things the way we desire or in the timing we think should happen. Instead we need to allow God to work in and through us through them. We cannot hurry things along. If we do, it will give the enemy an open door. We cannot get upset with God but instead need to allow Him to open doors that need opened and to close ones that need closed. He is the Almighty who knows what is best for us. We just need to 'be still' and enjoy the days He has for us.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the encouragement of this dream. Father, it is so hard to be in the place we are but I know we are where You have called us to be. Dreams such as this one from last night, a phone call from a friend this morning, Tuesday night children and teen activities, time with 'my boys' throughout the week...all of these things encourage my heart in a big way. Thank You! Lord, I continue to pray for a cleansing in my spirit so You can fill me to overflowing with more of You. I know that is the only way You will be able to use me as You desire. I pray for physical and emotional strength for Doc today at work. I pray You will be so very real to him in days like today. I pray for friends who are going through tough days. May they realize the concept of being still and allowing You to work in and through them. I also praise You for the good report from Megan's surgery yesterday. Father, once again I pray for Your words, actions, and attitude to be mine today. Thank You Jesus for being My Stillness. Amen.