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Last Year Versus This Year

January 17, 2009

There have been some things that I have been thinking about lately. What makes this year so different from last year?

  1. Older….
  2. Wiser…
  3. Stronger…
  4. Better…
  5. Determined…
  6. Prayerful…
  7. Busier…
  8. Helpful…
  9. Stressed…
  10. Blessed…

I wrote the above as they came to my mind. Now…what do I need to focus on?

  1. Be Prayerful
  2. Be Walking In The Spirit
  3. Be Prepared both in season and out of season
  4. Be Proactive
  5. Be Gracious
  6. Be Prayerful
  7. Be who Jesus Wants Me To Be…Like Him
  8. Be always with Praise in My Mouth
  9. Be Helpful
  10. Be Prayerful

I can’t help but think about being prayerful. David prayed at least three times a day…morning, noon and night. Daniel prayed at least three times a day. Jesus prayed always…but you will notice in scripture that he prays often early in the morning. You see Jesus didn’t do anything during the day unless he had spoken with the Father. Jesus was given his direction, or some would say his marching orders, for the day. I believe that if Jesus had not done this every day he could not been in complete alignment with God’s plan. I know that Jesus was the Son of God and part of the triune, yet…you know that he was like us, yet without sin.

How many times have I missed an opportunity to pray with someone or for someone when I have been too busy with whatever I was doing. I know that God has been working on me to pray without ceasing. That means if it is a quick, “Guide me Father.” I am praying. So many times lately God has been placing people in my path to pray for. They often ask me to pray for them. I find myself when they say this doing it right away. I know this is what God wants me to do. Many times you hear someone say to someone else…pray for me. Well….do we? Let me always LORD to do it RIGHT AWAY!

I would ask that each of you pray for me as I continue to do God’s will for my life. That I be sensitive to what he has for me THAT day. Not for the upcoming days..but THAT day. I know he gives us glimpses into the future so that we can prepare and anticipate what is coming next. But I find myself needing strength for that particular day as my call is expanded and enlarged to something greater than what it is right now. I ask for wisdom and discernment into how to orchestrate administratively those things that are happening. I need God’s help in learning to trust people and to let go of those things that so easily beset me. I need to learn to press DELETE. I need to have God direct me and not me direct me.

Much love to all of you.

Belong to the LORD

May 7, 2008

“Oh no sir!” she replied. “I’m not drunk! But I am very sad, and I was pouring out my heart to the LORD.”
1 Samuel 1:15

When was the last time you poured your heart out?

“Now I am giving him to the LORD, and he will belong to the LORD his whole life.” And they worshipped the LORD there.
1 Samuel 1:28

“For all the earth is the LORD’s, and he has set the world in order.
1 Samuel 2:8b

Meanwhile, Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD.
1 Samuel 2:21b

But Jesus replied, “My Father never stops working, so why should I?”
John 5:17

Those who control their anger have great understanding; those with a hasty temper will make mistakes.
Proverbs 14:29

Path of Honesty

February 3, 2008

Teach me how to live, O LORD. Lead me along the path of honesty.
Psalms 27:11a

Explore

January 6, 2008

“Take a walk in every direction and explore the new possessions I am giving you.”
Genesis 13:17

Today’s One Year Bible Reading found here. 

One Year Bible Journey

January 2, 2008

His Word speaking to me today:

Now the serpent was the shrewdest of all the creatures the LORD God had made. “Really?” he asked the woman. “Did God really say you must not eat any of the fruit in the garden?”
Genesis 3:1

Each year since 2002 I have read through the Bible. This year will be no different. I do this because it is only through God’s word can I know how to live like God wants me to live. It is a personal choice as I have been called and chosen to be His. It is only natural that I would give to Him my time for all that He has done for me. I typically get my cup of coffee and sit down to his word between 5:15 am and 6:00 am — not that you have to do this, but I enjoy it!!!

Each day this year I will try to place a reference on this blog as to what I am reading in the Bible for that day. I follow the One Year Bible plan that is found here. To help me facilitate this journey I have a One Year Bible. Also, if I find I don’t have time to read it, I can listen to it via the internet or on my ipod at the One Year Bible On Radio. And if you want to connect with other believers on the journey, I would highly recommend Mike’s blog: www.oneyearbibleblog.com.

You will find only a small portion of scripture as to what I write down in my journal as I am reading His word. Sometimes He also tells me what I need to do that day in my schedule and I write that down. I want to run with whatever he gives me this year in 2008.

If you would like to join me again this year, today’s reading can be found here.

The One Who Is Invisible

November 13, 2007

It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt. He was not afraid of the king. Moses kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.
Hebrews 11:27

O land of pride, you will stumble and fall, and no one will raise you up. For I will light a fire in the cities of Babylon that will burn everything around them.
Jeremiah 50:32

Lord – teach me not to be prideful…help me lose this life…

Unfortunately, I can’t make this song play ONLINE DIRECTLY, but you can click on TAIT — LOSE THIS LIFE and it will take you to the song…

Tait — Lose This Life

I got caught in a hurricane
No one but myself to blame
I got lost in the rain
Then I got stuck in a spider web
Tangled up in all my cares
Such a lonely affair

Like a raging sea
Fear wants to swallow me
I’ve searched but there’s no peace without You

But if I lose this life
I know I’ll find it in You
So won’t You take my life
‘Cause I surrender to You
I’m running back to the Truth
Your Word is clear
I’ve got to believe it

Lost, so lost
Somewhere in the dead of night
Drifting like a satellite
Spinnin’ out of control
But love, Your love
Is stronger than gravity
And it’s pullin’ at the heart of me
And I’m giving in

Like a raging sea
Fear wants to swallow me
I’ve searched but there’s no peace without You

But if I lose this life
I know I’ll find it in You
So won’t You take my life
‘Cause I surrender to You
I’m running back to the Truth
Your Word is clear
I’ve got to believe it

Lose this life, it’s the death of me
Lose this life, it’s gonna set me free

And if I lose this life
I know I’ll find in You
So won’t You take my life
Oh, I surrender to You
There’s no denying the truth
Your Word is clear
I’ve got to believe it
I’ve got to believe it