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I received some really upsetting news last week, which has my mind on other things at the moment…. my  mom has been in remission for cancer for 9 months, well, it’s back, so both of my parents have cancer now.   My time may be consumed with other things for awhile… I will try to keep up some posts every so often, but I know you will understand if the blog is very light in the posting for awhile.   Thank you so much for your lifting my family up in prayer.

God is in control.  He doesn’t ever lose control.  I pray for God’s will during this time in my life.

Prayers and Promises: Love’s Courage

Psalm 31: 23-24   O love the Lord, all ye his saints; for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.  Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

When my courage seems so small and slips away, when sin seeks to pull me from Your path, Lord, remind me of these verses.   I need only trust in You, the One who keeps me safe and brings good things into my life.  You reward my feeble efforts and multiply them through Your strength as I simply love You and respond to You in faith.

I want to be strong – in You and for You.  Give me courage each day.  When evil seems to about and sin distracts me from Your way, thank You that Your ove abounds still more.

Prayers and Promises: Take Refuge

Psalm 62:8  Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.

Storms are a part of life.  We often think we are prepared for the storms that lash out at me, but then they become more severe than anticipated.  Thank you, Lord, for providing a safe haven for me.  Lord Jesus, I am glad to have You as my spiritual shelter.  My soul will never be in jeopardy as long as I take refuge in You.

 

 

Prayers and Promises: The Beauty of Holiness

1 Chronicles 16:29  Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; bring an offering, and come before him; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Holiness is true beauty, not what I wear or how my hair is done or how white my teeth shine….Indeed, holiness is Yours, never mine.  I am fatally flawed, but I worship One who is perfect in all ways.   One whose glory alone is worthy of praise and thanksgiving.  THere is no beauty compared to Yours, no faithfulness like Yours.   The little glimpses of beauty that decorate my life are grains of silver sand at the edge of an incomprehensible ocean of beauty.  I only see a grain or two in my lifetime, but it dazzles my eyes and makes me turn away blinking.  I worship You in the beauty of Your holiness.

Prayers and Promises: Beautiful in God’s Eyes

Psalm 149:4  For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people; he will beautify the meek with salvation.

Ever notice how there are very few (if any) ugly people on TV?  They are tall, never weak or frightened, and none seem to worry about how to pay the rent, feed their families, or even how to please their husbands….  Magazines even photoshop models to look flawless….

But all of that is fiction, and our Father in heaven loves us even though we’re not picture perfect.  He loves all his creations…short, tall, physically impaired, even those of us who struggle our way through life and sometimes we get under pretty deep.   God loves us so much that he calls us by name, and beautifies us with His salvation, the most precious thing we could ever ask for.

Thank you, Lord, for your unconditional love.   Thank you for loving me in good times, in bad times, when I am obedient and when I fall short.

Prayers and Promises: Isaiah 59:1

Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save,
   nor his ear too dull to hear.

There are times in my life when I can’t hear God.  When I cry out to him, and only hear silence.  I know he is not ignoring me.  The bible tells me that he listens and he hears my cries.  Satan tries to tell me otherwise, and there are times I am tempted to believe him.  It’s not true.  When I don’t hear your voice right away, I know that you can be counted on to be there no matter what.

I am glad you hear my prayers and save me. If I have faith, Your hand will reach out to me at just the right time. Thank you, Lord, that help is only a moment away!

Prayers and Promises: Psalm 103:12

as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

In the original Superman movie, there is a scene at the end where Lois Lane is killed when her car is sucked into a chasm created by an earthquake.   Superman is so upset, he goes into the Earth’s orbit and flies as fast as he can to turn back time to rescue her.   Don’t you wish you could turn back time and fix some of the mistakes you made in your life?  I know I do.  I think if I lined up all of the mistakes I have made, then it would look just like that path he made turning back time!  I am SO grateful that my Father in Heaven forgives all my sins.

Thank you, Lord, for not holding my sins against me, but sending them as far away as the East is from the West.