Friday, July 29, 2016

Private Prayer. Open Reward. / Lady Melba

Today, my mom, Lady Melba, and I had our sacred devotional time talking on the phone. There is no greater form of inspiration than to witness to another believer and have another believer witness to you. Surely, as iron sharpens iron so one soul sharpens another.

I am so very grateful for my mom. This past week I attended a funeral in Pennsylvania. It was the home-going celebration of a 75-year-old godly mother, Sarah Stoner. I couldn't help but think of my own godly mother during the service, because my mom is the same age as this precious lady who went on to be with the Lord, 75.

Daily, I purpose to call my mother and to be encouraged by her and to encourage her. Today, when I called, I was keenly aware in my spirit that there will come a day when I cannot call her. (Only God knows if she will go to be with Him in Heaven before I do.) Nevertheless, I seek to redeem the time I have left with her by calling her often and listening to her share from a genuine love-relationship with Jesus.

While on the phone, we shared many wonderful thoughts about being believers in Christ, yet one thing she said seemed to crown our holy conversation. Mom said:

"Remember, if we pray in private, the Lord will reward us openly."

(Click below to see the verse that Jesus spoke. These are the words she was referencing in her wise counsel to me.)

"...and i wait." Psalm 5:3 GW



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Do You Pray for Your Pastor? I Pray You Do.

Do you pray for your pastor? I pray you do. Today, Brother David Gilbert, a dear praying brother in our local church who calls me "pastor" prayed this prayer over me and let me eavesdrop by sending it also to me by email. 

I so depend on the faithful and fervent prayers of God's people on my behalf and am so very grateful to be remembered in such a sacred way before The Throne of Holy God. 

Here's the prayer: 

"Father, bless our pastor with rest on every side. Guard his heart and mind and cloak him in Your peace. Clear the way today for him to carry out Your plans for our faith community with no prevailing interference from the enemy. I ask in Jesus’ name that the forces of darkness that come against him would be pushed back.

Let him take hold of the harvest that your Spirit is bringing forth for the Kingdom of heaven through our faith community. Thank you, Lord, that each time the enemy comes in like a flood, Your Spirit will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight!  I thank you for TOTAL victory for our pastor and for our church and I ask You Lord Jesus to meet his every need. Thank you that You are mighty to save and able to overcome and defeat every attempt of the enemy that might tempt him to lose heart! Hallelujah!

Give our Pastor endurance and encouragement and clear guidance by your Spirit for every decision required of him. May the anointing of the Holy Spirit be upon him. Revive his heart with Your Word Father. May his love for You increase and compassion and love for his flock flourish and grow. Strengthen him with Your joy this day and may he be encouraged by the Holy Spirit and be reminded of the spiritual sons and daughters that are his.

Give him wisdom that is from heaven I pray. Wisdom that is pure, peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Protect him from the evil one and from being entrapped by the fear of man. Pour out Your blessing on him Father and may Jesus be seen in him more and more, and the work of his hands firmly established. I ask these things in the lovely name of Him who is head of the Church, and I give You sincere thanks Lord Jesus for your dear servant and under-shepherd. Amen."

(Click below to see an image of the Shenandoah Valley sunset I captured last evening. I call it "Wildfire" after the old song about a horse by the same name. :) 

"...and i wait." Psalm 5:3 GW


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Suffering Song...

For the second day in a row, I am posting a link to a Michael Card song. The Old Testament book of Job is very deep water for genuine seekers of God's heart. This classic suffering song surely can touch us in places other songs might not.

...and i wait." Psalm 5:3 GW


Monday, July 25, 2016


This vintage Michael Card song is among the greatest poetic descriptions of our Dear Lord's passion for souls:

"...and i wait." Psalm 5:3 GW


Sunday, July 24, 2016


Click below for words by Henri Nouwen about our neighbors:

"...and i wait." Psalm 5:3 GW


Friday, July 22, 2016

"A Moving Moment..." / Mission

A moving moment at the Virginia Nazarene Mission Convention today as R.K. -- who serves as a sanctuary of or Lord's presence in Southeast Asia -- shares the verse the Lord gave him and his wife, Deb, as they said "yes" to His call for His glory upon their lives:

"...and i wait." Psalm 5:3 GW


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Unable or Unwilling / Obedience to God's Call

"Our excuses to God and His call on our lives are more about us being unwilling to obey God's desires and less about us being unable to obey."
John Haines, remix 

"...and i wait." Psalm 5:3