Archive | June 2013

Prayer

Being a godly woman in today’s world can be a daunting task. Never have expectations been higher, never have distraction been so plentiful, and never have demands been greater. Thankfully, God stands ready, willing, and able to help us in every facet of our lives if we ask Him. But it’s important to remember that the best way to ask God for His wisdom and His strength is to ask Him often.

 Sometimes, when it seems that we have too many things to do and too few hours in which to do them, we may be tempted to rush through the day with little or no time for prayer and meditation; when we do so, we suffer because of our mistaken priorities, But, when we set aside time each day for God, we open ourselves to His love, His wisdom, and His strength.

 A prayerful heart and an obedient heart will learn, very slowly and not without sorrow, to stake everything on God Himself. 

Dear Lord, make me a woman of constant prayer. Your Holy Word commands me to pray without ceasing. In all things great and small, at all times, whether happy or sad, let me seek Your wisdom and Your strength in prayer. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.

Romans 12:12

Fruit of the Spirit

Gentleness and meekness? Were these the characteristics you thought you’d aim for as you grew in greater understanding of yourself and you abilities? Or do assertive and successful better describe your original plans for yourself?
 
Let’s talk about that. My idea of a woman who is gentle and meek is that she can take it. She bears the disturbances others create. She endures ill treatment. She withstands misunderstandings. And she carries the image of Jesus and His suffering in her heart. She handles it with strength. I encourage you to open your heart and mind to gentleness. God so desires gentleness to characterize your life. In the eyes of the world today, gentleness may look like weakness. But in Galatians 5:23, God calls it the fruit of His Spirit. And producing that kind of fruit calls for the greatest of strength.
 
Dear Lord, I pray you would plant the fruit of Your Spirit in me and cause it to flourish. Help me to abide in You, Jesus, so that I will bear fruit in my life. Holy Spirit, fill me afresh with Your love today so that it will flow out of me and into the lives of others. You said in Your Word to “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts”. I pray that Your peace would rule my heart and mind to such a degree that people would sense it when they are around me. Help me to “pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another”.
 
Lord, where I need to be pruned in order to bear more fruit, I submit myself to You. I know that without You I can do nothing. You are the vine and I am the branch. I must abide in You in order to bear fruit. Thank You for Your promise that if I abide in You and Your Word abides in me, I can ask what I desire and it will be done for me. Thank You for Your promise that says if I ask I will receive. May I be like a tree planted by the rivers of Your living water so that I will bring forth fruit in season that won’t wither.
 
In Jesus name I pray
 
Amen
 
The fruits of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23
 
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
John 15:1-8

Mistakes

I leave so many mistakes in my wake that I have grown to love mornings. I consider each one a second chance to do better and walk more closely in God’s plan for me. Learning from our mistakes leads us to wiser choices later. But first we must pay attention to our mistakes. I know that it can seem best to bury them or leave them for others to stumble across. But if we claim them and consider them teachers, we can grow. 

God is in the business of transformation. Acknowledge those mistakes and then release them to his custody. And in the morning use your second chance…… 

I’ve been asking God to be with me a lot lately, to wrap me in his full presence, and to help me feel closer to normal. I want healing from soul to bone, from mind to skin, from prayer to truth. My focus on this is all consuming. 

Thirst for mercy comes on so violently when want and worry leave us stripped of all other resources. I know God wants us to seek to be filled and satiated before we stand in drought’s ruin. Go to his mercy today. Give yourself over to God as a daily practice and preserve the reserve of your soul’s only source of renewal. 

Dear Lord, you must be tired of seeing these mistakes in my life. Forgive me for the sins that weigh me down. I give the errors, harsh words, white lies, bad decisions, and angry thoughts to you. I did them all. Please transform my mistakes today into stronger character and wisdom tomorrow. Lord, I come to you with the hurts I recognize and those I have ignored. May your mercy rush over me, and may it bring healing. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen

 

Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.

Psalm 80:3 

Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for your are the one I praise.

Jeremiah 17:14

Obedience

God’s laws are eternal and unchanging: obedience leads to abundance and joy; disobedience leads to disaster. God has given us a guidebook for righteous living called the Holy Bible. If we trust God’s Word and live by it, we are blessed. But, if we choose to ignore, the results are as predictable as they are tragic. 

As we all know, LIFE of course, is a series of decisions and choices. Each day, we make countless decisions that can bring us closer to God…..or Not. When we live according to God’s Word, we are truly blessed and highly favored. We earn for ourselves the abundance and peace that He intends for our lives. 

Do you seek God’s peace and His blessing? Then obey Him. When you’re faced with a difficult choice or a powerful temptation, seek God’s counsel and trust the counsel He gives. Invite God into your heart and live according to His commandments. When you do, you will be blessed today, tomorrow and forever. 

The cross that Jesus commands you and me to carry is the cross of submissive obedience to the will of God, even when His will includes suffering and hardship and things we don’t want to do or understand. 

Let us never suppose that obedience is impossible or that holiness is meant only for a select few. Our Lord leads us in paths of righteousness—not for our name’s sake but for His. 

Dear Lord, make me a woman who is obedient to Your Word. Let me live according to Your commandments. Direct my path far from the temptations and distractions of this world.  And, let me discover Your will and follow it, Lord, this day and always. 

In Jesus name I pray 

Amen 

Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

1 John 3:24

God’s Holy Word

God’s Word is unlike any other book. The Bible is a roadmap for life here on earth and for life eternal. As Christians, we are called upon to study God’s Holy Word, to trust its promises, to follow its commandments, and to share its Good New with the world. 

As Christians who seek to follow in the footsteps of the Lord, we must study the bible and meditate upon its meaning for our lives. Otherwise, we deprive ourselves of a priceless gift from our Creator. God’s Holy Word is indeed, a transforming, life-changing, one-of-a kind treasure. And, a passing acquaintance with the Good Book is insufficient for Christian who seek to obey God’s Word and to understand His will.

 God can see clearly no matter how dark or foggy the night is. Trust His Word to guide you safely home. 

Dear Lord, the Bible is Your gift to me; Let me use it. When I stray from Your Holy Word, Lord, I suffer. But, when I place Your Word at the very center of my life, I am blessed. Make me a faithful student of Your Word so that I might be a faithful servant in Your world, this day and every day. 

In Jesus name I pray

 Amen 

You will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.

1 Timothy 4:6 

All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17