Monday, August 6, 2012

Daily Bread...

Ron Lessin has a web site called Meet Me in the Meadow where he shares daily thoughts and insights.  This one is perfect to pray for your own children, grandchildren, or any child you know!


Prayer for your children’s daily bread 

Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV


Gracious Father, I ask that my children will always hunger after Your words. Increase their appetite. May they find Your words to be delightful, whole and pure, abundant in grace, and rich in mercy.

Feed them, Father with fresh bread, living bread, daily bread. Nurture them in their spirits, teach them that they cannot live on bread alone, and that they need You to sustain them with every word that comes from Your mouth.

Break to them the bread of life!
Thank You, Father, that Your words can be found, can be eaten, and can be know. May my children find Your words to be the joy and delight of their hearts. May they daily realize the awesome privilege they have to be called by Your name, to be a part of Your forever family, and to receive the words spoken to them from your heart.

Your words are like no other! May my children know the sweet taste of Your word, may its sound be a symphony to their spirits, and may the glory of Your word be a transforming light to their hearts and a lamp unto their feet.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Spirit of Resistance

The chief pang of most trials is not so much the actual suffering itself as our own spirit of resistance to it. -- Jean Nicolas Grou

Thank you for your patience with me as I neglected my blog during the most trying of times.  I know the whole purpose of a blog is for a person to give a running commentary on what they're going through in life in the hope that someone else may either be entertained by it or learn from it.

I guess I just couldn't find spiritual words to say as I was holding on for dear life.  I'm sure the Lord meant for me to share so my own trial could be a benefit to others who read my thoughts, and what I was learning.  But the above quote speaks volumes---I had a spirit of resistance to my trial.  Its amazing what comes out of us when we are squeezed! I entertained thoughts of not deserving what was happening, of disappointment with what God was allowing---doubt and disbelief---UGG!  My trial isn't over, but Easter Week has brought me to an awareness that Jesus left me a perfect path to follow through times of trial:

  • Deal only in truth when someone close to you speak lies. 
  • Pray and ask for deliverance, but end with "Thy will not mine be done."  
  • Realize the enemy has no power over you other than that which is given from above. 
  • Remember there is a high purpose for what my Father is allowing me to go through. 
  • Forgive.  
  • Consider the needs of others and don't focus on your own suffering.  
  • Commit yourself into the Father's hands.

May your Holy Week end in a glorious Resurrection!

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Bigger Circle

Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn't offended by your biggest dreams and boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren't impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? Because they don't require divine intervention. But ask God to part the Red Sea or make the sun stand still or float an iron axhead, and God is moved to omnipotent action.

There is nothing God loves more than keeping promises, answering prayers, performing miracles, and fulfilling dreams. That is who He is. That is what He does. The bigger the circle we draw, the better, because God gets more glory. The greatest moments in life are the miraculous moments when human impotence and divine omnipotence intersect -- and they intersect when we draw a circle around the impossible situations in our lives and invite God to intervene.
-- Mark Batterson in The Circle Maker

I have some circles I need to draw around some situations in my life and I need to draw them BIG!  The above devotion had a profound affect on me as it refreshed my faith in what God longs to do in my life---in yours too!  I've spent way too much time looking at my situations and not enough time looking at my Situation Solver.  
There is nothing I desire more in life than to give God glory in all things.  What I had forgotten is contained in the statement, "Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers." Is it possible I've been ROBBING God of His glory by expecting too little from Him?  Perish the thought!  Have I hindered what He longs to do for me by asking too small?  Quite possibly! Have I offended or insulted Him by asking for far less than He is capable of? 
Almighty God, forgive me!  I bring You all of my impossible situations right now in full faith that You can, and WILL intervene for my good and Your glory!