Friday, December 19, 2014

"My God, My God..." (My Morning Prayer)

Lord, I come before Your Throne of Mercy for this, a brand new day.

I lift my whole heart up to You in holy adoration and humble dedication.

You not only know me, but You love me and I must remember "Jesus cares!"

When I fall asleep at night, You give your angels charge over my life.

As morning dawns, You await to hear my voice lifting new prayers to You.

When I look back on my days, I see that Your Name really is Faithful and True.

As I consider the present, I must have Your Presence with me and within me.

And apart from Your direction, the forecast of my future would be all fear.

Yet, Your Love embraces my never-dying soul, and You are my strength to go on. 

My God, My God, never leave or forsake me and keep me focused on you forever.

In the name of the One called Wonderful, I pray all these things. Amen and Amen.

Grateful 



Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Please Come and Stay"

Morning is here, Lord
And we turn to You.
The Season so Holy
We know that it's true.

Please keep us focused
As distractions abound.
In Your sure embrace
We want to be found.

For friends and strangers
We lift up our prayers.
Too many burdened
With sorrows and cares. 

Yet you came to save us
Born a baby one day.
You came here to die
To take Sin far away.

How can we ever
Thank you enough?
For leaving Your throne
Up in Heaven Above. 

For a fresh glimpse of Hope
We cry out right now.
We're desperate for Light
You will lead us somehow.

We invite You, our King
To please come and stay.
Be with and within us
and don't go away. 

Grateful 







Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"Praying Deep"

I told a loved one recently: "Whenever I think of you I will turn my thinking into praying." I call it "praying deep". This morning I am doing just that.

With the Christmas season picking up speed, if we don't take time today to think and then to turn our thinking into praying, we will for the most part, very likely, miss the deepest meaning of these fleeting Holy Days.

So, right here, right now, yes on my blog today, I am praying you will experience Blessed Holy Days, especially as you think of loved ones and turn your thinking of them into praying for them. 

"Praying Deep" is one right answer to the question: "How can we partner this day with Holy God in needed Miracles?"

Let us pray for one another today.

Grateful

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Breathe

Today, has been one of those days when I have had to constantly remind myself to breathe. Before 9 a.m., two precious souls affiliated with our local church family crossed the line between time and eternity -- Archie, 96, and Velma, 85.

I keep wondering if they have met my Daddy over yonder, yet?

The Christmas Season in Heaven must be some kind of breath-taking!

Grateful

Monday, December 15, 2014

As Another Monday Arises...

As another Monday arises
I look to You, Lord.
Seeking true favor
Only You can afford.
With yesterday gone
And tomorrow at bay,
Please be here right now,
Have Thine own way. 

Grateful 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Matthew 2:11 -- From The Christmas Story

I preached from this passage today. It warmed the messenger's heart. Hope it warms yours:

“When they (The Magi) entered the house, they saw the child (Jesus) with his mother Mary. So they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11 (GWT) 

Bowing down to worship the King of Kings for being our Great High Priest and Suffering Savior results in offering Him our very best gifts. (At least the response of the Wisemen proves that it does.) 

Grateful