Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mark 4:20 - "Magnify"

The Lord woke me to the song "Magnify" at 5AM and just would not let me go back to sleep. This words are what I desire to live out...

Take it all take it all away
Magnify no other name
Open up open up my eyes
To you

Yes! My desire is to have more of Him fill me up each day in a different, new way. I think of the verse I chose to 'ponder, personalize and practice' from our study last night. Jesus gave these words to the disciples many years ago as He taught them by the Sea of Galilee. This particular parable was about the farmer. Jesus has the farmer in the story sowing seeds in comparison to a believer who sows seeds of the Gospel. The farmer expects results from his work just as the believer expects results from the seeds they sow. Not all of the seeds planted by the farmer are fruitful just as not all the seeds a believer plants will be fruitful. It is only through the love, mercy and grace of Jesus that we can be 'good seeds' for Him. My desire is to a 'good seed' who sows more 'good seeds.' The only way for this to be accomplished is by doing exactly what the words to the song said to me this morning...

Take it all take it all away
Magnify no other name
Open up open up my eyes
To you

Yes! Oh how I pray He will strip anything away that is not of Him which in turn will keep me from sowing 'good seeds.' I need my eyes opened up by Him for different, new ways I can be Him to all I meet. I think of the many opportunities He gives me to sow seeds daily. I pray for each seed to be fertilized, nurtured and harvested. 

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the word picture You have given me from Mark 4. Thank You for the opportunities You give me to sow seeds. Lord, as I ponder and personalize this verse I pray You will empower me to put it into practice in a different, new way than I have ever experienced before. Father, I also pray the seeds I plant in my prayers will be blessed. I think of the way You had me pray last night for the family who lost their precious loved one from his battle with cancer. Father, they need Your peace and strength in a mighty way. I also think of the prayers You had me pray over my husband at 5AM. He needs Your peace and strength in a mighty way. There are so many people in my little world who need You in a different, new way. I pray You will empower me to touch their lives by planting 'good seeds' into them. Thank You Jesus for being My Planter. Amen.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Isaiah 55 - "Safe"

I woke up with the urgency to read Isaiah 55. After I read it in two different versions I still was not sure of what the Lord wanted me to receive from it. I stopped and prayed and asked Him to reveal to me His intent. I listened as I waited for His response. "Daughter, there are reminders here for you. You need to remember My time is not always your time. Things will happen when people are ready for Me." I looked again at the chapter and see it is full of promises. Verse three is the promise of eternal life for those who 'listen.' Verse four tells us when we are in a covenant relationship with Him, it is 'everlasting.' Verse eleven promises our words 'will not return empty.' There is the promise of joy and peace in verse twelve. Wow! So there are many promises in these thirteen verses! And they all are because of God's love, mercy, and grace. That is what changes man. I love the words of Matthew Henry:

Delivered from the wrath to come, the converted sinner finds peace in his conscience; and love constrains him to devote himself to the service of his Redeemer. Instead of being profane, contentious, selfish, or sensual, behold him patient, humble, kind, and peaceable. The hope of helping in such a work should urge us to spread the gospel of salvation. 

Yes! Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important thing we can do on this earth. If we have the desire to see our friends and family for eternity, we must have His love flow in and through us in a mighty way. As I read verse twelve and thirteen over and over again I became blessed in His joy and peace. The life I live on this earth is full of richness but the life I will spend with Him for eternity will be the 'icing on the cake.'

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for Your love, mercy and grace! Thank You for forgiveness! Thank You for all of the opportunities You give me daily to love on people with Your love! Father, I pray for an abundance of You today to cleanse me and fill me up with more of You. I pray people will see/hear You instead of me today. Lord, may the promises of Isaiah 55 be known by more through Your work in me. I pray today for those who are hurting to find comfort in You. I pray for those who do not know You to come into relationship with You. I also pray for those who are refusing to surrender something to You to get to the end of themselves. May You bless people through me today in a different, new way. Bless my husband with a day of feeling better. Give him Your supernatural strength throughout this day. Thank You Jesus for being My Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Amen.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Thy Will"

It's hard to count it all joy
Distracted by the noise
Just trying to make sense of all your promises
Sometimes I gotta stop
Remember that you're God
And I am not

Yes! There have been so many times over the last sixteen months where things have not went as we thought they would. There were times when we prayed, we listened, we did as He said only to have things not happen. I am not sure why but I am sure He remains in control. God has His reasons for the timing of such things. Last night was the perfect example of this. The outreach had been planned for the last three months only to be cancelled due to rain the first two times. It was discouraging. Last night came the encouragement part. Loving on forty-one people with a free meal and fellowship was so awesome! Having all ages come and experience us being the hands and feet of Jesus to them was the icing on the cake. We made new friends we hope to see again. I know the Lord will bless our efforts with these people. Seeds were planted last night. Now we need to wait on Him to give us opportunities to cultivate those seeds. "Thy Will" is the key to all we do in life. We cannot rush things nor can we manipulate them. Instead we need to allow Him to work in and through us in His time. As I prayed for pastors during the night, the Lord had me pray for those who are filling the pulpit this morning that don't usually preach. He told me to pray for them to not be fearful because fear will block out them hearing from Him. This morning He had me pray for pastors who are not waiting for Him. He urged me to pray for them to have open hearts to His will. He also encouraged me to pray for those who are manipulating things in their ministry to 'work' in their time instead of waiting on His. He told me to pray for those who are resisting what He wants them to do. He also had me pray for those who are doing what they have always done in their ministry because they are comfortable in doing it. He has called some to do something different but they are afraid. Once again He brought into my prayers about fear blocking out Him. I am thankful we did not try to manipulate the outreach by choosing a different date as had been suggested. I am thankful we waited on God's time for this event to occur. I also am thankful He provided the people last night who were perfect in making the event a success. Forty-one people for our first time was awesome! I look forward to see how God will cultivate the planted seeds and give opportunity for more seeds to be planted. As I played with the children, I had a vision of doing a Kingdom Coaster bus type ministry in the complex. As I sat and talked with adults I was overwhelmed with their need to be with others. We, as a church, can fill that need. We can love on them as we get to know them. What a blessed evening!

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the blessings of last night and for the ones ahead in this day. Thank You for taking my frustrating day and turning it into a blessed day. Thank You for the physical strength to not only get through it but to enjoy last evening. I pray for my husband to have physical strength today to not only get through the service but to not be distracted by being sick. I pray a healing over not only his physical body but also his emotional body. I pray for those who are contemplating going to church today to make the decision to go. I also pray for those who go to be filled with Your presence in the service. Wake up the dead churches and bring them back to life. Open up the eyes, ears and hearts of those who are not walking in Your will, especially pastors who need to lead the people in Your direction. I pray for You to be alive in the hearts of Your people in a different, new way. Cleanse us all so we can be in right relationship with You. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit. Be our words and actions so people will hear/see You through us today. Thank You for being My Everything. Amen.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Romans 12:1-2 - "Open Up The Heavens"

Show us, show us your glory
Show us, show us your power
Show us, show us your glory, Lord

This song...oh my...the words are beyond anything I could even describe. This is how corporate worship should be. Christ-centered. People focused on Him instead of thinking about what happened over the last week or what is ahead in that day. One should not be distracted by a child making noise or a person across the aisle worshiping in a different way. Instead one should be open to what the Holy Spirit has in store for them. Oh how I love to be in worship services where people are focused on God instead of themselves. That is what true worship is all about. "Show us Your glory" should be the prayer on every believer's heart. Being a believer goes beyond salvation into living a sanctified life. Living a sanctified life is allowing God to work in and through you every moment of the day. It means dying to self so He can live in you. It means no longer being worried about what people will think but instead concentrating on what He desires. There is no better place to live but in such a relationship with Him.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for this song that encourages me to worship You in the way You so desire. Thank You for the life You have given me. Father, I pray for a cleansing in my spirit so people will see and hear You instead of me today. I pray for an abundance of Your love to flow from me. I also pray for a physical touch upon my body. I pray against the distraction of pain in both of us. "Show us, show us Your glory" is my mantra for this day. Bless our efforts tonight with the outreach dinner. May You shine through everyone involved. Give gentle, loving spirits to all with words of honey upon our lips. My prayers are for those who will be in corporate worship services tonight and tomorrow. May Your glory shine from the hearts of Your people. May people come to know You and those who know You go deeper in their relationship with You. Thank You Jesus for being The One I Worship. Amen.

Friday, October 13, 2017

James 1:2-4 - "This Is The Stuff"

This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that's getting to me lately 
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I'm blessed 
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I've gotta trust You know exactly what You're doing 
Might not be what I would choose 
But this the stuff You use

These words...oh my...the Lord knew I needed reminded of that last line. He uses the 'junk' of life to draw us closer to Him. Nothing we go through is a surprise to Him. Not the pain we have in our physical bodies, the hurt we have in our hearts, the frustration of things seeming to go wrong throughout the day, the unexpected bill that comes in the mail...none are a surprise to Him. We have a choice in leaning on His strength or falling apart. If we choose to fall apart, it gives the enemy an open door to get into our life. If we choose God's strength, we will be blessed in abundance with more of Him. It takes not only reading James 1:2-4 but standing upon it.

A gift...a joy...peace...no matter what it is called, it is definitely from God. He blesses us as we walk in obedience. Part of walking in obedience is not allowing the enemy a foothold in any aspect of our life. Another part is showing others how we do life with Him as our strength. Plain and simple, some days are harder than others. Our emotions can get in the way of seeing Him work in and through us. But we cannot allow that to happen. The greater our focus on Him, the greater our blessings.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the reminder this morning of what it takes to get through the 'junk' of life. Thank You for the blessings of yesterday and the ones ahead in this day. Thank You for Everly doing so well for me while her Momma had surgery and thank You for the results from her surgery. I pray an abundance of healing upon her as she recuperates. I also pray for them as they make the decision about putting Skye down. This family is going through so much. I feel like the little things I deal with are nothing when I look around and see so many going through so much. I also am praying for my friend whose biopsy came back questionable and will have surgery. My prayers continue for Jeremy's family as they continue to figure out life without him. There are so many hurting people in my little world. I need to suck it up and not complain about my little things. I praise You, Father, for Doc's count being lower again today and for him feeling a little better. I pray for a continued healing in his body. Lord, cleanse me so You can be in everything I do and say today. Bless me with opportunities to be You to all I engage with today. Thank You Jesus for being The One To Bless Me. Amen.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Psalm 51:10-15 - "Create In Me A Clean Heart"

Create...renew...make new...I love the pictures I get in my mind with these words. Psalm 51 is one that shows these. The Message gives different word pictures to this passage. 'Soak'...'scrub'...'tune me'...I love these words of David! Most of all I love the idea that God is never finished changing us. He is never finished cleansing us of impurities. There are so many things in this world that try to pull us down yet He is always there for us. His love, grace and mercy are always available. Verse fifteen in The Message reads, "Unbutton my lips Dear God, I'll let loose with your praise." Yes! That is exactly what needs to happen every day. We must praise Him for all He has done in our lives and for all He is yet to do. We must praise Him for circumstances that seem hard because it is in those circumstances our faith goes deeper. We must praise Him for the 'good' days and the 'bad' days because they are all orchestrated by Him. We must praise Him for cleansing us so there is nothing between Him and us. Plain and simple. We must praise Him.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the blessings of yesterday and the blessings ahead in this day. Thank You for Your love, mercy and grace. Thank You for cleansing me every day of things that get between us. Father, I praise Your Holy Name for the blessing You gave a family member yesterday. I pray You will continue to be with Doc with this medication. I pray today will be the day he feels better. I also pray for lower counts for him today. I pray for my friend who is having surgery this morning along with prayers for peace for her husband. I pray for another friend who is getting biopsy results this morning. Father, give Your peace to both. I pray for You to use me in whatever way You so desire today. May You be my hands and feet. Thank You Jesus for being My Cleanser! Amen.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Psalm 46:10a - "Still"

I woke up during the night and again this morning with people on my mind that need prayer to not be fearful. There are so many who are dealing with tough situations in their lives right now. I am praying for...

  • one who is facing surgery for the first time along with her husband
  • one who is struggling financially and not sure how the bills will be covered this month
  • one with a work presentation coming up
  • one whose world seems to be falling apart in every aspect of life
  • two are waiting biopsy results
  • one is waiting on re-testing for cancer
  • one is anxious to sell her home
Some of these ones are in relationship with the Lord while others are not. Some realize He is their strength but just need reassured while others have no clue of what life is like with such assurance. Life's ups and downs are easier to handle in His strength but they still happen. We are human. Therefore, there will be doubt and fear will kick in from time to time. The key to getting through the ups and downs of life in the best way is to not only be saved but to also be sanctified. When we allow His Holy Spirit to rule our lives, His joy will be there in the 'good' and the 'bad' times. Once we are living in His Spirit we can rest in the knowledge that He is in control. We just need to be still and allow Him to work in and through us in every situation.

Dear Jesus,
Thank You for the blessings from yesterday and the blessings ahead in this day. Thank You for the beautiful flowers from Mr Ethan and his Momma. Thank You for the time with Tiffany and the kids yesterday and then with Mr Eddie and his Momma. Thank You for Jack coming over to make the mashed potatoes for last night and then the time with the children and teens last night. You filled my day with an abundance of love and for that I am grateful. Thank You for Doc's count being lower this morning. I pray for a continued healing upon his body. I also pray for the nausea to leave soon for him. Today is a new day. I pray for something new, different in this day. I pray for You to use me in a mighty way to be Your hands and feet. Thank You for being My Stillness. Amen.