Well, sometimes its a calming place of silence where we can find hope for a renewed mind and life. At other times we wrestle, and struggle for an opportunity to tell God what we’ve done wrong, and seek His forgiveness. And it is in that forgiveness, we find freedom and a reason for celebration.
We thank Him for all that He’s done for us, and all that He’s yet to do in our lives. Prayer can also be a very intimate time where the Lord whispers His love for us, and in return we tell Him how much we adore Him.
Many of us have designated prayer times, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. However, these blessings are not limited to a particular time during the day. We can talk with Him throughout the day in an ongoing conversation. Simply thanking Him, confessing, worshipping, and simply enjoying His presence.
Prayer isn’t a secret formula that we use to get what we want in life. It shouldn’t be based on how we feel, how long we pray, how loud, or by using any particular or “correct” words. When we communicate with our Father, we pray in faith, simply and sincerely, knowing that we are experiencing a powerful moment between us and our Father.
There is nothing any better than having a strong connection with God, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
From the time we get up in the morning, we oftentimes have a laundry list of plans for the day. Yes, we have made lots of plans in our lives, over the years. Some of them just wishful thinking, some very concrete and detailed.
Most of us would probably agree, they were all good plans mentally. But not that many have worked out the way we thought that they would. Some we were not conditioned for, even when we thought that we were; others would take us two lifetimes to complete, while others started off well and ended terribly.
Its good to have some idea of where we want to go and what we will need along the way. However, not all our plans are in the will of God, even when they sound like good plans to us. When they are not, God shows us a much better purpose and plan for our lives. Isn’t it good to know that we have a Father, that offers flaw-less guidance. He is going to get us to a sure destination, and place us in the presence of the right people.
Trust that God knows where He needs you, today and tomorrow. Just keep walking. God is taking all of us somewhere. Follow His plan….its going to be good.
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9
This totally clicked in my spirit. As a child, I recall throwing things into fruit trees to get the fruit to drop DOWN to the ground at my level, opposed to climbing UP into the tree to get the fruit.
Relate that to our spiritual walk. We should never ever be surprised when “sticks and stones” are thrown at us. Many times when this happens, the enemy is attempting to get us DOWN to his level[ out of our character in Christ], distract us from our purpose, and many other reasons too. Our eyes must stay fixed UPon the “True Vine” Christ Jesus.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
Love, Love, and more Love. Is something that we all enjoy, desire, and want in our lives.
True love at its deepest level doesn’t begin in the heart of man, it begins in the heart of Father God. It is a love that gives without compromise or reservation. It is a love that is motivated by the choice to do the highest good for someone else.
Father God, doesn’t have this kind of love. Nope! He is this kind of love. There are no impure motives in His love toward us. It is a holy love. His love for us is consistent, day in and day out. And is consistent with everything that is good and right for us.
His love for us has no limitations. It will not wear out, fade out, or tire out. It doesn’t play favorites, or respond only when we respond to Him. God does not love us today, because we have been good, or because we are a good person. He just loves us because He is love.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5
Sometimes we expect change, and then there are some instances, where we are thrown into it. Change is absolutely necessary for growth. As our lives evolve, we have two options: Change or Be changed! Both can be painful or positive depending on the circumstances.
We all desire positive change, but must accept that which isn’t so good to us, but good for us. Everything is purposed to help us, not hinder us. As Christians, every change should make us more and more into the very likeness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Through our relationship with Father God are our greatest treasures in life. Fellowship, wisdom, peacefulness of soul, eternal hope, gladness of heart, direction and meaning, and a most glorious purpose in everything that we do.
You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures.
When you pray, do you EXPECT an answer? Maybe that sounds like a silly question……because why would you pray if you didn’t? And yet, I’m aware that there are somewhocall upprayersto Heaven with very little expectation of receiving an answer.
Well,there are those who treat prayer like one more option to “coverall the bases” just in case God is in the mood to drop down an answer. If not they say, at leastI tried. That’s no way to pray! How does oneever get into such faulty thinking?
Psalm 5:3 says; “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Now that’s the ticket. We are to wait in expectation. Expectation assumes that we have been heard. Expectation assumes that God WILL answer. Expectation means faith is at work.
Yes, sometimes we have to wait. In our “drive-through…
This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. Philippians 3:13
I compare sitting on my lawn and watching the grass grow, very similar to living in my past. While we cannot deny our past, we can’t change it, so why spend so much time lamenting over them?
Our past experiences are opportunities that we can use as springboards for our future. We should resist the temptation to turn our pasts into great big lounge chairs, where we pine away the “shoulda, woulda, coulda” done it this way or that way.
We should leave whatever we did or didn’t do in the burial ground of yesterday. Focus on all of the things that we did right, the times when we were obedient and listened to the voice of God and followed His lead. Build from the mistakes, pray, meditate, and move forward. Using what we’ve learned to help others. Today is a NEW beginning.
Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things. Luke 10:41
In this particular passage of scripture, we see so much compassion from Jesus when Martha asked Him to send Mary back to her work. He understood that she was worried about many details involving her special house guest.
Jesus’ words demonstrated how much He cared for her, and also acknowledged how much she was caught up in providing Him a good meal, not simply throwing something together. That meal was the way Martha chose to show her love to Jesus.
Sometimes a kind word of understanding is all we need when we feel overwhelmed. It doesn’t always change the circumstances, but we feel better about the task at hand when someone acknowledges them. May we all show the same compassion to others who work so hard on our behalf.
A simple “thank you” to the grocery store clerk, or a glass of tea to the person who mows the lawn, could mean the world to them.