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1 Keep me safe, my God,

    for in you I take refuge.

2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;

    apart from you I have no good thing.”

3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,

    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”

4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.

    I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods

    or take up their names on my lips.

5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;

    you make my lot secure.

6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

    surely I have a delightful inheritance.

7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;

    even at night my heart instructs me.

8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.

    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;

    my body also will rest secure,

10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,

    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.

11 You make known to me the path of life;

    you will fill me with joy in your presence,

    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 16 (NIV)

*  Apologies for my absence. May this scripture bless us on our daily walk. Please take care!   😀

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1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Turn your ear to me,
come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
a strong fortress to save me.
3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
4 Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;
deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.

– Psalm 31:1-5 (NIV)

“Into your hands I commit my spirit”…  Commitment. When we commit, promise, accept… do we fully give our all to God? Or, do we hold back? If we commit to anything, we bind ourselves to that commitment and we must honor it. Hopefully, it is to God and *OF* God. What do are you committed to? May it be OF God and FOR God but most importantly in all things it is TO God. 🙂

Have a most blessed day!

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Dear Most Gracious God, Heavenly Father, and Blessed Savior, I come to You with heavy heart. Your mercy is abundant and more than I will ever fully understand. I seek not understanding but peace. I seek not retribution but love. I seek not vindication but hope for a better world and brighter tomorrow. I cannot put a face on evil because it lingers everywhere and not just in the hearts of a few lost souls. I cannot ask why because I know why. You do not promise a perfect world here and now. Bad things happen to good people and it will continue until You return. You do not wish bad things on us but when they happen we need to pull closer to You and not separate ourselves from You. You are our Joy, our Longing, our Love. You sustain us when all else is dark. You give us hope when the Light seems to be hidden. Help us to reach out to each other not separating ourselves from one another, not judging, and not seeking justice. We are fallen—each one of us. We cannot judge one another and we are no better than the other for we all bear sin. Help us to seek forgiveness for our sins, our misgivings, our spiritual lacking, and for rushing to judgment. Purify our hearts, cleanse our minds, and immerse our souls in the peace that only You can give. Let us not rise above one another but seek to be equal and shoulder responsibility for all mankind. May Your Love bind us to one another and help us to live within Your shadow. I pray this in Your Holy Name,

Amen.

 

This prayer was written in light of the tragedy of 14 DEC 2012 and the aftermath. It was to appear in My Letter to God (morningletters.wordpress.com) but will appear across all 4 of my wordpress blogs today… I have seen injustice not only in the deaths of precious children but by adults lashing out from all angles including nasty media coverage. Love is what God is about. Please embrace this as it is meant. We all fall short of God’s glory but through HIM we are made whole—each one of us. May your day be blessed and may we all thank God each and every day for our many blessings!

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I need your help if you would. I will be so grateful…

 

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.  —  Matthew 7 (NIV)

 

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”  —  Matthew 18 (NIV)

 

There is a certain man whom I have asked to spend 5 minutes of his day each morning and 5 minutes each night praying. In each of his prayers I have asked him to find 5 things that he sees as blessings in his life. This is an attempt to get him back to the altar of God. Now, I can ask this of him until I am blue in the face. I can’t make him do anything he doesn’t want to do. However, I know that if this man opens his heart and turns it toward God, he will be redeemed and renewed. He has to have a true heart and he has to make time for this. It is a sacrifice. It is obedience not to me but to God. Can he do it? It is up to him.

 

I would like to ask you to pray every morning and every night if you will that this man will do this, for his protection, and for help to overcome his demons. I ask you to pray that this man’s heart be opened up to God. He is lost. He used to know right from wrong but he has forgotten what it is like to walk with God or as close as it gets in this world. This is for this man and his family particularly his children. He used to care so deeply for others that he was willing to give others the shirt from his back.

 

I have seen miracles happen so I know anything can happen provided it is God’s Will. Please pray that he opens his heart before God and receives HIM and then is protected to do His Will so that God will be glorified.

 

Belief —  Faith  — Prayer

Repeat until answered and thanksgiving when it is.

 

This is nothing short of a miracle. I feel compelled to ask this. Thank you! From the bottom of my heart—thank you!

This man is my husband. I know how far he has fallen.

 

May you be so very blessed–always and forever! 😀

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26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

— Matthew 26:26-28 (NIV)

 

Forgiveness—it is a topic I know so much about—from both sides. One can be forgiven without wanting forgiveness but to be complete, one must want and accept forgiveness. We are humbled when we learn to forgive others and when we want to be forgiven… Complete forgiveness comes about when we are truly sorry for what we have done and want to repair things that are broken because of our actions (or inactions). We can’t earn forgiveness just like we can’t earn grace. It’s what is in one’s heart—it is our attitude that counts. From God, forgiveness is a gift. Isn’t it wonderful? As humans, we are to emulate this extraordinary gift as we forgive others whether they want forgiveness or not. It is tough many times but it is worth it.

 

Give thanks and praise His Name 😀

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It seems that we all have trials and sufferings to bear somewhere along life’s journey. Sometimes these phases morph into what we see as a deep abyss and we feel that we can never regain what we have lost or return to where we were before. The more we try, the steeper the walls become or that is how we see it.

 

There is a poem by Helen Steiner Rice called The Way to God (link). I think it really speaks to those who have been suffering whether it is from pain, sickness, loss, sorrow, or other. As we go through these times, we only wish for them to be over not seeing that the experience of getting through them doesn’t have to make us weaker or more vulnerable but better able to use our sufferings to help others. A lasting pain can lead us to be closer to God. This is not a bad thing. If we had no pain, would we call on God?

 

For me, constant physical pain, lack of feeling in other parts of my body, not being able to walk without some aid, and the risk of seizures are all things that draw me close and help me desire to seek God. Life is not easy but if it was, would I turn to Him? I have a handicap that I have lived with most of my life. It is not what defines me—or I don’t want it to be. He helps me get through each day and not only to travel through it but to do the best I can in order to glorify Him. It is not about what I need or want. God gives me the sustenance to get me through so I can give to others.

 

In my devotional today from Streams in the Desert by L B Cowman from Crosswalk.com, there was this:

“The most deeply taught Christians are generally those who have been brought into the searching fires of deep soul-anguish. If you have been praying to know more of Christ, do not be surprised if He takes you aside into a desert place, or leads you into a furnace of pain.”

 

Do not punish me, Lord, by taking my cross from me, but comfort me by submitting me to Thy will, and by making me to love the cross. Give me that by which Thou shalt be best served… and let me hold it for the greatest of all Thy mercies, that Thou shouldst glorify Thy name in me, according to Thy will. –A Captive’s Prayer

 

To be cont’d…

 

May you walk in the light and feel little pain and may you seek God every day! 😀

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Thank You!

As I get my feet wet in this new blog, let me muddle a little. I give myself permission to try things–some new, some not so new. As the saying goes, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

  •  Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
  • Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. —  Psalm 95:1-2  (NIV)

 

Prayer and Praise—there will be quite a few posts about prayer but I have been doing something different the past several days and it has helped tremendously. I like to begin my day with meditation, devotion, and prayer and I try to end it the same. I also say little prayers along the way. Some days I do this better than others. Please know that I am far from perfect and must live each day anew.

 

What is new in my routine? When I have a negative thought or my mind begins to wander, I have a positive thought or even a strange whim, or when I realize a blessing, I say, “Thank You, God! I love You!” all through the day. Sometimes it is, “I love You, God! Thank You!” Most of the time it is out loud and sometimes it is shouting. I have noticed a positive response in my life—not just my outlook—things happening in my life. Don’t get me wrong. I try to thank God for all of my blessings, but this is different. This is stopping any negative thoughts from getting through and it expands on the positive ones. How cool!

 

This helps me to keep in constant contact with my Father—my Heavenly Father. He deserves praise from me all day every day but I feel I have not been giving Him enough. I have to get my days back on track and this is my way of doing just that. Maybe you have a certain phrase or saying that helps you through–that helps you stay connected. We are so blessed even when we are going through trials and all. We need to give praise.

 

Hugs and prayers — May your day be blessed beyond measure! 🙂

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