Your Vision

Lord, I pray that You open my eyes so that I may truly see. I know that my vision is blurred by my own selfishness and self-centeredness. I try so hard to broaden my perspective, but I am still only seeing from a human perspective. Show my how You see me. Show me how You see the world, even if only a glimmer.

I try to imagine how You look upon this world with great sadness. This beautiful creation being destroyed by those you long to have a relationship with. Your people turning away from You and causing such pain while claiming that it is in Your name. I wonder how You can look upon such defiance and darkness in this world and love us all anyway.

I want to walk this land with Your eyes and Your heart. I pray that You break my stone heart and replace it with a heart of flesh. I pray that You lift the veil that blinds me to the eternal and let me see You in all things.

You are the only thing in me that is good.

I am sorry for the error of my ways. I am sorry for my moments of weakness and deceit. I truly am and I know that You can see that in my heart. I know You hear my cries, both spoken and silent.

Thank You for not giving up on us. I know that we have deserved it for centuries. Thank You for allowing me to walk upon this earth with my free will to choose You. Thank You for the people You have given to walk by my side in all this. I thank You for entrusting me with all that You have, despite my ignorance at times.

You are good and I will never forget that. You are mighty and I will never say otherwise. You are the way, the truth and the light. I will always walk in You my Lord.

Clear my vision, soften my heart, cleanse my thoughts and feed my soul. Let me see You always and in all things. Show me Your plan for this life You have so graciously given. Guide my steps and hold me close to You.

I alone can accomplish nothing, but all things are possible through You. You are my strength and my refuge. Thank You Jesus.

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Rejoice

Psalm 31:7

I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.

You truly care for me and I will not succumb to the lies that surround me. I will not loose focus on the rejoicing in my heart. I will step back and let You shine through. You are good and in all things true. No matter what may happen here in the temporal place, I have an eternity with You and that is truly unfailing.

When I feel like no one cares, please remind me that You do. Not only do You care but You truly understand all that I go through, even better than I know it myself.

Thank You. These words don’t even begin to express the depths of my gratitude. You amaze me. I pray that I make Your heart smile.

In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.

Stress

Stress creeps in and steals away the joys that were possible.

Lord, please fill me in this place so that the stress will be lessened. Let me look to You in these moments, help me to remember Your promises. I long for You in this place and know that only You can fulfill me truest desires.

The emptiness we feel is real. Our hearts are calling out for what is missing, a true relationship with the Living God.

I need to refocus. How easily my point of view turns back to self. When I look to me, all falls apart. When I try to control, I lose all control and I begin to spiral. You are my rock, my shield, my salvation and my Lord.

I bow before You. I know that You are most wise and I trust You in all things.

Remind me of the cross and all that You have done for each of us. Your ungrateful children. When will we learn?

You are so patient and so kind. I long to have just a fraction of Your grace and mercy.

My emotions can be useful but they can also blind me. I give them to You. I choose to no longer fight them but to feel them, acknowledge them and give them over to You.

Shine Your mighty light into this weary soul and help me see the truth in all things. Let my perspective be from Your eyes and Your heart. The struggles of this world mean nothing next to You. The stressors fade when You are with me. My focus determines my response and my focus needs to be on You.

Show me Your plan, show me my purpose and let me see me the way You do.

I pray these things in the precious name of Jesus. Amen and Amen.

Perspective

These past few weeks I have been seeing a lesson in perspectives quite a bit. I can generally see situations from other’s perspectives and that helps to understand others in ways not possible if I chose to only process from my own.

I also try to stop often amd look at my situation, my day, my work, my life, from God’s perspective. He lives outside of time, He is the Creator of all things, He is the creator of me. He loves me right where I stand, who am I to not love myself the same? I am not worthy, however our Lord and Savior,  Jesus Christ, died for us anyway. I may come in contact with people that I don’t feel are worthy of my time or resources, but that is not my call. They are God’s creation and they are in my life for a reason, it’s up to me to choose to love and give despite my human heart.

As I sit in traffic I can easily have the perspective of frustration and anxiety for the unplanned interruption. If I allow my perspective to change, I begin to think of the accident that caused the traffic. I can then choose to pray for those involved, pray for healing, peace and for the Holy Spirit to be by their side. I can then think of their loved ones and pray for their peace and love as well. In this traffic I can then look from the first responder’s perspective and pray for them to be filled with wisdom, healing and to lift them up in their most precious line of work. I can look at all the cars sitting there along side me and try to see them from God’s perspective, these are His children, these are His purposeful creations, weather they know it or not. They are loved by the living God, do they know it? I can choose to pray that they find His love and the salvation that is always right there waiting.

As I go about my day, I can easily just go through the motions and react out of emotions and selfishness. This is the easier way but God has called us higher. We are to look past the flesh, step out of our self, push past the emotions and look deeper. The beauty that can come out of those moments is beyond anything I could even begin to describe. That’s where lives are transformed.

My husband is God’s child, my children are God’s creation, this planet we walk, the solar system we stare at in amazement, they are all created purposefully by one God. Every single blade of grass, grain of sand and leaf have been thought of and created by our Lord. I am here on purpose, do I live with a purpose or do I choose to just go with the flow and live from a place of a self centered perspective?

How do you live? How can you broaden your perspective and live for a higher cause? Let us come along side one another and walk in a way that impacts this world in ways never thought possible. There is power in the Father, in Jesus and in the Holy Spirit. Do I allow that power to flow through me?

I pray that we all move through this day with a higher perspective. I pray that we bring life and healing to those our Jesus has placed in our paths. Let us be filled with awe, peace, love and wisdom.

In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.

Proverbs Study Day 13

Day 13 already, I feel like we just started this study! Let us see what God’s Word will say to our hearts today.


 

Proverbs 13

A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction. Wise words will win you a good meal, but treacherous people have an appetite for violence. Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything. Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. The godly hate lies; the wicked cause shame and disgrace. Godliness guards the path of the blameless, but the evil are misled by sin. Some who are poor pretend to be rich; others who are rich pretend to be poor. The rich can pay a ransom for their lives, but the poor won’t even get threatened. The life of the godly is full of light and joy, but the light of the wicked will be snuffed out. Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise. Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. People who despise advice are asking for trouble; those who respect a command will succeed. The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death. A person with good sense is respected; a treacherous person is headed for destruction. Wise people think before they act;  fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness. An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing. If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored. It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them. Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. Trouble chases sinners, while blessings reward the righteous. Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly. A poor person’s farm may produce much food, but injustice sweeps it all away. Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them. The godly eat to their hearts’ content, but the belly of the wicked goes hungry.


What did I take away from this chapter today:

As a woman who was once wicked and who now walks with the Lords, I feel thankful. I can attest to the death, destruction, and pain that occurs when you’re outside of God’s will. I can tell you that I was unaware of how destructive my life was until I began to accept God’s Love and Grace. I fought against Jesus for so long, felling like it would bring judgment and resentment into my life, I was do wrong. True Christianity is simply following Jesus. Accepting His freely given Grace and allowing Him to heal us brings such peace.

Jesus is greater, He is stronger, and He loves us all. Even when I was actively His enemy, due to actions of man, He still loved me. I choose His ways and to wait upon Him in all things.

He shows us the error of our ways and disciplines us because He loves us. I put boundaries in place for my own children, for their own good and out of love. How much more so does our Great Creator?

My prayer today:

Lord, thank You for not giving up on any of us. I pray that we all remember to keep our eyes on You in all things and to choose to do the right things always. Let us not succumb to the wickedness of this world as it is only temporary, You are eternal. In the precious name of Jesus I pray these things.

Endurance

7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you. – 2 Corinthians 4:7-12

Funny, I have just finished listening to an audio book and, subsequently, started a new one. The former ended in reminding us readers that we are to carry our cross DAILY and to endure the sufferings for they bring God glory if we allow it. The latter began on this same subject. Suffering, enduring and living in Christ’s name. Allowing all we go through to bring Him glory.

I found my thoughts drifting in two directions….first I was thinking, do I really suffer for Christ? I am a spoiled American girl. Sure, I have struggled in various ways, I have endured spiritual, physical and emotional pain. I have wondered how to make ends meet. Do these count? How am I bringing Him glory in these things?

My second train of thought was that no matter what country we live in, not matter how our culture is, Jesus tells us to live differently. That definitely applies to me. I often think how difficult it is for believers in other parts of this vast world. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have my tongue cut out of my mouth for speaking God’s truth. This is not something that should make me discount my life. I am called to live differently too. I am called to go against the grain and love, share and support when society tells me to hate, hoard and abandon. I am to make a difference in the place God has set me in.

Lastly, I endured a weekend that was quite difficult in both an emotional and a spiritual way. At the end of Sunday night I was asking Jesus to just take me away. I no longer wanted to endure the trial I was in. I wanted Him to take it away. Why? Why do I have to be in this? That was my question.

Today, a friend told me to read a section of a book she reads each morning and I realized that I am suffering for Christ. I am enduring difficult times and different attacks for His glory. I have seen how He has been working and will continue to do so if I can keep my side of the bargain, look to Him for peace and give Him the glory.

The section read:

BE PREPARED TO SUFFER FOR ME, in my Name. All suffering has meaning in MY kingdom. Pain and problems are opportunities to demonstrate your trust in Me. Bearing your circumstances bravely – even thanking Me for them- is one of the highest forms of praise. This sacrifice of thanksgiving rings golden-toned bells of Joy throughout heavenly realms. On earth also, your patient suffering sends out ripples of good tidings in ever-widening circles…

So today I see that this is what He means for me to endure and I am NOT to compare it to what others are enduring. I am important. I play a vital role in God’s kingdom and am making a difference in ways I am meant to. I am loved and happily endure the stressors of this life for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I will not be discouraged today. I will continue to live in His light and accept the peace only He can provide.

I choose to die to self and live for you Jesus.

In His grace and glory I wish these things for you as well.