Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weakness

Father, help me to follow the example of Paul and to boast in my weaknesses. Help me to see them as an opportunity to rest in your strength. Help me to daily examine myself to see if I am living in faith of Jesus Christ and not in myself. 


Help me to daily rejoice! Because you have done great things for me! Help me to become mature in my interactions with others. Help me to be an encouragement and comfort to others, not drag them down. Help me to be of the same mind even in disagreements, the mind of peace. Peace in myself and peace with others. And Father, help me to life with arms flung wide open to my brothers and sisters. 


Thank you for the grace of the Lord Jesus making the way for me to come to you. Thank you for your great love, that you loved me so much you gave your son for my redemption. And thank you for your gift of the Holy Spirit so that I may have constant fellowship with you. You always give good gifts. 

2 Corinthians 13


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Most High

Father, this Psalm hits me right where I am. In sin and struggling, rebellion and turning away. You discipline them and then they remember. 


Father, help me to always remember you!! 


In the struggle, wrestling and frustration with my own family, I forget my calling to them. I do not walk in grace and truth. I spout off lies to them. Lies of works and performance, lies of my peace and comfort being important. I forget you. And my sin is thrown in my face as I realize I have forgotten you. 


Father, I am weak and you are my rock! Unmoving and stable when I fall and fail. You are the one who redeems me, because I certainly could never redeem myself, even in my striving. 


Help me, Father, to remember your calling on my life to these people you have placed in my care. You are my only hope. Thank you that it is always your kindness that leads me to repentance. 

Psalm 78


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Fervent

Father, give me a heart to know you and a passion to love and follow hard after you. 


Don't allow things to come in the way in my mind and heart. Make it my desire always to seek you first above all else. 


Brand my heart. Give me a heart to know you. 

Jeremiah 24


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Friday, June 9, 2017

Promises

Father, it poured and poured. You rained down judgement and death. So that all could be made new in hopes of repentance. 


You saw all the destruction... I wonder how your heart felt. Then you promised never to flood the earth again. Of course you knew that repentance would not replace all the sin. But you still promised. 


I was born dead in the spirit but you offered me hope and a way because there was no other. Jesus is my hope and the one whom all my promises are fulfilled in. 


Father, help me to live in that promise. The promise of new life. The promise that all I need is found in him. That I have all hope in the cross. 


This covenant given to Noah is the same. Found in you I am safe even with danger all around.  The waters spring and pour all around, some things I have never seen before. While I deal with the effects of these things, they never affect my security in you. 


Thank you for your promises and that you always fulfill them. 

Genesis 9


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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Steadfast

Father, you always bring me back to your love. Everywhere I turn right now. Your steadfast love. I can't run from it. I don't understand the depth of it. But I know you are calling me deeper into love. Your perfect love. Love that woos me, love that challenges me, love that changes me. And love that compels me. Love that compels me to be who you created me to be, to walk hand in hand with you knowing the depth of the security I have only in you, because of the blood of Jesus. For God so loved the world that he sent.... you gave all. Because of love for me. It feels childish and shallow at first, like a child's song. But to live in it is so different. Maybe if we knew the depth of it as a child we wouldn't struggle to live in that love. 


Father, would you show me the depth of your love? Your word tells me that Christ's love compels us, but if I'm not being compelled by your love, do I truly know your love? Father, write it deep in my heart. Teach me of your steadfast love. 

Lamentations 3

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Monday, June 5, 2017

He prayed

Father, Jesus prayed for the disciples hours before His arrest, and in that I see His prayer for me. Thank you for this example in scripture. 


Jesus prayed that you would be glorified in His life and death. He prayed that you would protect the word that He had given from you,  in the lives of believers. He prayed that you wouldn't take them out of this world but that you would keep them from the evil one. He prayed that you would sanctify your people with the truth of your word. He prayed that we would know that you sent Him and know that you love us even as you loved Him. And that the same love that you loved Him with, would be in us. 


All so rich and deep. Father, will you do these things in your people. Be glorified in my life and my death to self. Protect the word you have placed in my heart. Don't take me out of the world, but thank you that I have protection from the enemy because of the blood of Jesus. Sanctify me with the truth of your word daily. Help me to know the depth of your love for me and that that same love would be in me. 


Thank you that I can have joy knowing all the things Christ has done for me and the life I can have because of Him. Even in death, may You be glorified. 

John 17

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Grace

Father, even in the midst of prophecy and rebuke, there is grace. In the midst of sin, there is grace. In the midst of turning away, there is grace. 


There is always grace. You constantly call to return to you and turn from sin. 


Father, make me a woman of grace. To be a giver or grace. To always point to the way out of the mess... your grace. 


Thank you for being a God of grace. 

Ezekiel 18


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Glory

Father, all you do is good. You have created all things to give yourself glory. Open my eyes to see your glory all around me. 


Help me to live my life for your glory alone. Give me creativity from you and help me to walk boldly into the gifting you have placed upon me. Help me to always reflect your glory. Let your name be known in all the earth. 

Psalm 72

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Take heart

Father, Paul walked a hard, hard road for the sake of the gospel.  As a prisoner, without blame, he used every hardship as an opportunity to preach the gospel of Christ. He held on to every word you have said, in confidence knowing that you would do what you said. Even when it looked impossible. He was an encouragement to the people around him in the storm and told them that even they would be spared because of what God promised to him. 


Father, give me that kind of faith. To know what you have said and to believe it without a doubt. Help me to hold tight to your word. And help me to rest, in peace, in the sovereignty of your perfect plan even when I can't see through the waves and storm that surround me. Help me to hold tight to you. Knowing who you are is an anchor to me. Draw me into you to know you more as I wait this storm out. Thank you that you are in the waiting. 

Acts 27

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Weakness

Father, the weaknesses rise to the top quickly. It hurts. You tell me that your strength is made perfect in my weakness and that I should boast in it so that your power will rest on me. 


Teach me to be like Paul. To plead with you for freedom, healing, deliverance, relief. But when you tell me to move forward in those weaknesses, help me to live in the promise of your strength being made perfect. 


Help me to learn to boast in you and your strength and not what o can do for myself. Teach me to rest in your grace through my weakness. 

2 Corinthians 12


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Tears

Father, be gracious to me. The attacks come from all around me. All my plans are being stopped. When I am afraid I will trust in you. In you I trust and I have no fear for what can happen to me. Because your word is final. 


Thank you that you know all I face, you know all my pain and you have seen every tear fall. I know they are important to you. 


Thank you that you are for me. I can praise you. I trust in you, so I will not be afraid. 

Psalm 56


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Fight

Jesus had just performed the miracle of five loaves and two fish. He had just given thanks, broken and gave provision to them. The disciples had just walked away with twelve baskets left over. Yet, just a few hours later, they felt far from Jesus and began to fear. Because their hearts were hardened, the truth of Jesus' miracle had not sunk deep into their hearts and taken root. 


Father, I see this fear overtaking the disciples and I see it overtaking me. I see your miracles and experience them in my life and when I come out of the trouble times, your truths have not taken root. I fall into fear again. Their hearts were hardened, maybe because the work of the ministry was their normal. It grew old easily. 


When Jesus appeared to them you told to take heart, do not be afraid. Because you were with them in that storm. Your provision surrounded them. 


Father, thank you that you are with me always and you have given me the weapons to fight the fear. Help me to stand firm in who I am in you. Make my heart soft so that your truth can penetrate the depths of my heart and kill the fear. 

Mark 6


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Friday, May 12, 2017

Faithful

Father, when things go wrong or not how I expect or plan, I ask you why. I question your goodness and your blessing in my life. I become like Job and I state my defense. I tell you what I deserve. 


Help me to run to you because you are God and in control of all things. Use the example of Ruth to write faithfulness on my heart. So that in hard times, even when you ask me to give up things or position or relationships, that I will trust you are keeping me on the path you have for me. That you will correct me when I go astray. That your plan is always perfect. 


Thank you that you have a strong arm and you are able to hold me up. 

Job 40


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Our good

Father, all throughout the book of Genesis we see the enemy making plans for evil, but you always turn the situations for good in the lives of the men and women who followed and obeyed you. 


Thank you for this example of Joseph who was able to identify the enemy's schemes and he knew that God changed all the circumstances around. 


Father, open my eyes to that too. So that I can know that the battle is not in the physical, and to know and rest in the fact that you are sovereign above all. 

You always have your way. 

Genesis 50

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Promise

Father, while this passage in Joshua was written to the Children of Israel, I can say it of my life as well. 


Not. One. Word. Has failed, of all the good things that you have promised to me. There are too many to list. But as I walk in obedience to you, none of your words have failed. 


Even in the storms and when the blessing isn't always a physical blessing. I know you are with me. You have never left me alone, without hope or without provision. 


Help me daily to walk in obedience to you, to know the promises you have for me and to watch for you to fulfill them. 


Thank you that you are faithful and your promises never return void. 

Joshua 23

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Good news

Father, thank you for the book of Isaiah, where there is more prophecies of Jesus found, than in any other book of the Bible. 


You also called Isaiah to preach the good news, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, which I once was. And because I am a follower of Christ, you have called me to that very same thing. 


Thank you that your Holy Spirit is in me to do these things. 


Father, help me to walk boldly into the calling you have in my life. In every situation to bring the good news of the gospel of grace, to bind up broken hearts with your love and to proclaim freedom because you have taken away our yoke of slavery. 

Let me be your hands and your feet. Let your words flow from my mouth and proclaim you alone. 

Isaiah 61

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Abide

Father, I have heard it all my life. Jesus love me. But the last few years my eyes have begun to see and my heart has begun to grasp the depth of your grace... there isn't a thing more I can do to gain your love. You love me. As I sat in a group of women I heard those words and began to weep. Such simple words. 


I've always felt I had to do more, be more, be better. Be good. 


But the thought came to me... Christ's love compels us. It should. But what if I'm not being compelled? Maybe I am not compelled because I haven't felt the depths of your love. Unconditional, unchanging, unfailing love. There is nothing I can do to change it. Father, why is that so hard to even say? I doubt and wonder how it is possible. 


Father, write on my heart. Teach me how to fully abide in your love. To never leave living in your love and to stop the lies in their tracks. 


Thank you that I while I was still a sinner you sent Jesus because you SO LOVED the world. 

Thank you that I am called Beloved. 

John 15


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Monday, May 1, 2017

Generous

Father, you are able to make all grace abound to me so that I may abound in every good work. Thank you that it is your Holy Spirit at work in my heart when I desire to give generously. 


Father, thank you that you promise me that when I give generously I will reap generously, but help me to remember that my reaping is not always in the physical, but so much of the time it is reaping in righteousness, which will endure forever. 


Thank you that you provide all my needs which leads to thanksgiving, because this isn't about me. This is about you. Father, thank you that my response to the Gospel of Christ, your good news, will cause you to receive the glory. 


Help me to plan well so that I can walk in obedience to your call to give. Cause me to excel in this grace. 


Thank you for your inexpressible gift, which calls me to live a life of generosity. 

2 Corinthians 9


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Friday, April 14, 2017

Thank you

Oh my Jesus, because of you I am free. 


What can I do but love you with my life every moment every day. 


Daily, bring me back to that first love and the remembrance of your sacrifice to live my life pouring out and giving thanks. 


Thank you for the cross my Friend. 

Matthew 27


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Turned over

Father, because of the death of Christ I no longer live for myself. I am being turned over to death, just like Lazarus was, so that the life of Jesus may be made manifest for your own glory. 


I can't cover my own shame, but you have done it once and for all. Thank you. 


Father, compel me with the love of Christ, control me with the love of Christ, that my desires, my heart, actions, behaviors and motives be controlled by you and not for my own benefit. Return me to my first love that I may not take your sacrifice for me for granted and I will walk daily in gratitude to you. That there will be an overflow into the people around me. Those you have placed there... even what I feel are interruptions. Thank you that I no longer have to live for myself, but that I can live for you. Thank you for turning me over to death to live for you. 

2 Corinthians 5


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Resurrection

Father, in this scene of the death of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, they were hurt. They were mourning and couldn't understand why Jesus waited. They knew He could heal their brother. But He didn't. He didn't even come in time. 


Actually... He waited, as scriptures say, He waited *because* He loved. He didn't come right away because He loved them. Shocking. 


You wanted them to see that even in death, you receive the glory. You allow what looks to me like failure for a greater good. So that all may see and know what you are capable of... Resurrection. 


And when Jesus said those words "I am the resurrection and the life" He said them to one woman, with possibly no one else around. You wanted one woman to know you intimately. You are the resurrection and the life. You wanted her to look past today into eternity and see what you have given all mankind through Christ. You have given life. 


So Father, help me to know that you use even my failures for your glory. Help me to trust you with the things in my life that I mourn for that look like they are dead and have no fruit. Help me to know that you allow pain to grow me, that I may know you more intimately. Help me to know that you are at work even when I can't see it. And help me to obey your words when they look silly and fruitless and to know that you have called me to an eternal purpose that will not bear fruit on this earth alone, but it will go into eternity as I step out in obedience to you. 

John 11


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Friday, April 7, 2017

Stone

Father, give me a new heart of flesh. Remove the heart of stone from me. 


You wrote your law on the stone with your very hand. But the law alone leads to condemnation, because I can never fulfill it on my own. 


Write your law in my heart, with Your Holy Spirit, that leads to life. Thank you that in you I am sufficient in the new covenant. Thank you that I can have full confidence in the finished work of Christ. 

Ezekiel 36 & 

2 Corinthians 3


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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Unveiled

Father, where your Spirit is, there is freedom. Thank you for your freedom because of the finished work of Jesus. 


The law could never be fulfilled on my own, it is a never ending task. But you transform me from glory to glory. 


"If there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory."


Thank you that the death and resurrection of Jesus made grace final. You completely and perfectly fulfilled the requirements of the law, through Christ. 

It Was Made Permanent. 


Thank you that one day I will behold your glory with an unveiled face as you change me from one degree of glory to another. Help me to walk in the righteousness you have robed me with in obedience to your Holy Spirit. 

2 Corinthians 3

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Months

Father, I plan, schedule, worry and stress about it all and how it all will fit together and work out. 


I plan out the days,  the months and the years. I think I have a final goal and that if I do it the right way it will all go according to how I plan for the perfect outcome. 


But really I don't. Job reminds me that you hold the months and you appoint the limits of all my days and how they are lived out. 


Help me to let my fists unclench from the stress and the plans. Why haven't I learned this by now? Help me to breath it all out and relax and lean back into your will and your plans. Help me to remember that worry doesn't add a day to my life and you hold it all in your hands. Your strong sovereign hands. Thank you Father. I know you hold me. 

Job 14

 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Culture

Father, help me to see the culture you have placed me in as a divine calling and not as something I have to remove myself from. Help me to remember that you call me to be light in the darkness and that is where light shines the brightest. 


Open my eyes to why you have placed me in this culture so that I can understand how to live the gospel out. 


Thank you for Paul's example of living as light in a dark culture, where he spoke truth and love to the believers there to encourage them to do the same. He didn't tell them to shy away, but to confront with gospel in hopes of gospel transformation, because of your great love. 


Oh, what grace I don't deserve, you pour out for all people. You call no one too far gone to be transformed by your Spirit. 

2 Corinthians 1

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Your eyes

Father, you have captivated my heart with one look of your eyes. How beautiful is your love. 

Draw me into you. To abide, dwell, rest in you and in your great love. Help me to abide in your glorious grace. I would never have loved you, had you not drawn me to yourself. 

Make my time with you be a delight, write your word on my heart.  Make your words my delight. Your love is better than life. 

Song of Songs 4

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Guilt

Father, this week as I have been writing the words of Leviticus line by line my heart has been heavy. How can a person follow all your commands or keep all your laws and statutes?  How can all the proper sacrifices be made?


Over and over I think "only through Jesus."


Guilt is upon every person. It can't be avoided. 

All. Have. Sinned. 


"But God. Being rich in mercy, even while we were dead in our own trespasses, made us alive together with Christ." By grace have I been saved. 


Thank you. Thank you for your scandalous grace and your great mercy. Thank you for making a way when it was impossible to do for myself. Thank you that in Jesus, all my guilt is washed away. 

Leviticus 5, Ephesians 2


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Tree

Father, write these words on my heart. You tell me that a soft answer turns away wrath and that a gentle tongue is a tree of life. And that the most difficult member of the body to control holds the power of life and death. 


Father, teach me your ways and the ways of Jesus who had no response at all their accusations. Let my tongue bring truth and grace and give life to those around me, even the ones I would consider my enemy. Let my tongue be wise and not pour out folly. Help me to remember that the words that come off my tongue also reveal the depths of my heart. Father, convict me and draw me to repentance over my tongue and all that flows out of my heart. 

Proverbs 15


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Light

Father, thank you for your pictures throughout the Old Testament that point to Jesus. The very first command of creation of light was by the spoken word of God, which points to Jesus. The pillar of fire which led the Israelites out of bondage and the 7 branch lamp stand in the temple point to Jesus. Jesus revealed himself as the Light of the World at the Feast of Tabernacles with all the candles lit all around him. The symbolism is amazing. You are sovereign and nothing happens by accident. 


Father, help me to daily walk in your light and not into darkness and to be a light in the dark places around me. Let your light shine through me. 


Thank you that you have called me into your light. 

John 8


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Monday, March 13, 2017

Idols

Father, my idols of self constantly rise up within me. But they can't save me! Why do I keep carrying them?


Father, thank you for your grace and justice, that you have made me, you will bear me up, you will carry me and you will save me. What you have spoken is final and you will bring it to pass. What you have purposed, you will do it!


Your salvation will not delay. Help me to lay my idols down and to rest in your sovereignty. 

Isaiah 46


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Friday, March 10, 2017

Someone tell

Father, this week the thought comes over and over again. How can they know if no one tells them?? 


Break my heart with the gospel for all people! Break my heart for the hurting and lost all around me. Make me brave to share my grace story and to boast of my weakness so that you may be glorified. Put a fire in my bones to share your gospel. 

Romans 10


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bread

Father, I love all of the pictures of bread throughout the Scriptures. 


When Adam and Eve had to leave the garden and make their own bread, because they took things into their own hands. The children of Israel were given manna from heaven to teach them that their dependence was on you and there was no other way. And in the tabernacle there always had to be the bread of Presence, to signify your constant presence and you are always the one who provides my needs. 


Jesus revealed himself in so many ways as the Bread of Life and how He was the only one who could truly satisfy all our needs. 


Father, help me to run to you as my only satisfaction and fulfillment in this world. Help me to never see the option of going one day without feeding my soul with your whisper of truth. 


You are my satisfaction. You are my daily manna. You are my bread of Presence. You are I Am. 

John 6


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Constant

Father, for so many things in my life there has been no other option but you. And you always come through one way or another. 


In the early church it was always you and no other logical answer. The church stood in earnest, constant prayer and miracles happened all the time. It is so exciting when that happens, a terrifying excitement. A holy expectation. 


You. Have. To. Come. Through. 


Father, make me a woman of earnest prayer. Help me to identify the distractions that come up in my life and prayer times and help me to be determined enough to learn how to remove them and guard against them. Give me great desire for prayer. I know only your Holy Spirit can do that work. Call your church to prayer. 

Acts 12

 

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Long way

Father, you didn't take the Israelites the quickest way. You knew that when they saw the enemies they would have to encounter and the hardships they would have had to walk through, they would have ran back to Egypt in fear. 


You had to gently lead them to grow their faith and to experience your wonders to prepare them for all the difficult things they were going to face. 


You lead them the long way around with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. 


You do the same for me. When I want you to take me straight to the destination and when I get frustrated with where I am still waiting, help me to remember this. I would run in fear back to the life I know, the life that doesn't challenge me. I would be afraid of all I had to face if I could see it all now. 


Build my faith and my confidence in you so that when the enemies do rise up and the obstacles do stop me in my path, I know to stand still and wait for your salvation. Help me to know that it is you who goes before me and does the things that only you can do. 

Lead me now, by your Spirit. 

Exodus 13


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Friday, February 24, 2017

Cleft

Father, Moses begged you to go with the children of Israel and not send them out alone. You were tired of their disobedience but Moses wouldn't let you forget the promises you made. Again, I see the process in Moses and not in you forgetting. You could never forget. 


You said that your presence would go with them and that you would give rest. 


Then you took Moses and told him where to stand so that you could show him your glory. You had to hide him in the cleft of the rock and he could only see your back after you passed. 


Father, when you are the closest I can't even see you. You hide me. But you long for me to see you. 


Once you passed, Moses could see your goodness. I know you do the same for me. When I am in the most intense part, you hide me. You are the closest then, but I cannot see your goodness until the other side and know you have been there close to me all along. 


Thank you that your Holy Spirit is a gift of your presence to me and as I am found in you, I will be in rest. In you. Keep hiding me in you. 

Exodus 33


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bitter water

Father, I see the Israelites within three days of the huge miracle of crossing the Red Sea, already complaining and in need of another miracle to make bitter water sweet. 


Moses ran to you and cried out for help. He couldn't do the work himself and you wanted him to know that. 


Father, you are the only one who takes bitter things and makes them sweet. But the process is in me and not so much done in the water. 


Father, I can't do these things. Do this process in me so that I may know with no doubt that you are the one who does the work.  Help me to depend on you alone and not in my own ability. Thank you for bitter things turned sweet. 

Exodus 15


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Search me

Father, search me and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!


See if there is any evil way in me, call me to repentance and lead me in the way everlasting!

Help me to daily present my heart to you and allow your Holy Spirit to convict my heart. 


My heart is yours. 

Psalms 139

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Springs

Father, I want my heart to be filled with things only from you. I want you to spill out of me. 


Help me to be vigilant and keep my way pure before you. Help me to not allow the things of the world to come in and fill up my heart. 


I know that whatever my heart is filled with will come out. So, fill me with your springs of life, my source of life. 

Proverbs 4

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Beloved

Father, sometimes all I have to fall on is your love. The love of a bridegroom drawing, wooing, calling me to come away. 


Your love is patient and kind, yet unrelenting and raging like a fire burning bright for me. 


Your love is proud to be seen with me. 


You call me Beloved. I am yours and you are mine. 


Father, help me to know this love deeply and unwaveringly. Draw me to run to that love, your love, with everything in me.  

Song of Solomon 6 

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Abundance

Father, you say in Proverbs 11:25 that the person who waters will himself be watered. That pouring myself out is part of being filled up again. I have to be empty in order to be filled. 


Help me to stop living in a mindset of preserving, saving and storing up, saving, only because of my fear of lack. I want to live in your abundance, pouring out to others and being filled again by you. 


Thank you that you always provide, always fill, always renew. You are my source. Make me a generous woman. 

Proverbs 11

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Paul

Father, thank you for your example of Paul, who at the end of his earthly road and having endured more persecution than I could imagine, was strengthened alone, by you. 


He knew what he was called to and he accomplished it, even if it risked his life. He knew that you would be the one who would rescue him and that you would bring him safely into your heavenly kingdom. 


Father, help me to live that kind of faith and devotion. Help me to know that you stand by me and you strengthen me as I fulfill what you have called me to. Help me to never doubt, even if the road is torture, that you will safely deliver me into your kingdom. Not the safety that is of this earth. But your safety. 


Make me brave, to fulfill my calling and be who you made me to be. 

2 Timothy 4


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Choose

Father, help me to choose well today. Help me to fear you alone and to serve you in sincerity and faithfulness, with everything that is in me. 


Help me to put aside the gods of those before me and choose you alone. Help me to set aside everything that comes between me and you. 


Thank you that you call me to yourself. 

Joshua 24


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Friday, February 3, 2017

Enemies

Father, I was an enemy of yours before you called me to yourself. Jesus came, risked pain and was broken... for me... His enemy. 


Father, help me to humble myself, take risks and be broken so that my enemies may have life in You. 


Open my eyes to see my enemies how you see them... in need of life. Break my heart with the things that break yours. Help me to lay myself down so that my enemies may have life. 

Proverbs 25


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Skilled

Father, you asked for those with willing hearts. For hearts that were stirred to give and to serve. You didn't want obligation. You wanted hearts open wide to pour out of themselves. 


You didn't ask them to do the work on their own, but you gifted them with your Holy Spirit. Filled them with Him. So that they would be filled with skill, intelligence, knowledge and craftsmanship. They worked in the power of your Spirit. 


Then they brought so much that Moses had to restrain them from giving any more. They poured out their abundance to build your dwelling place. That you would dwell among them. 


Oh Father, that you would fill me with your Spirit so that I can do the work. My heart is willing. I want to pour out. Father, make me generous with my time and all my abundance. 

Give me the skills, gifting, knowledge and intelligence that I need to fulfill the work that you ask to be done. 


Thank you that you no longer live in tents, but in human hearts. And just as all the pieces of the tabernacle fit together to make one whole, you do the same with your children. We are one. Father full us and use us and our willing hearts for your glory and you fame. 

Exodus 36 


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Friday, January 27, 2017

Overflow

Father, make me a woman who opens my mouth with wisdom and kindness. 


You teach me that wisdom begins with the fear of you and that kindness comes from the overflow of the fruit of the Spirit. None of it can come from me. Only from you. 


Let these things be the overflow of my relationship with you and not striving on my own. Thank you that you do this work in me. 


Draw me to dwell in you and be found in you so that my words come from the overflow of who I am in you. 

Proverbs 31

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Arguements

Father, you tell me in 2 Timothy to have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies because they only lead to arguments. 


Please teach me, your child, to not be full of arguments and defense. Help me to be kind, able to lead and teach, to patiently endure evil and to do any correcting with gentleness. All so that you may bring repentance and lead to a knowledge of truth. Lead me to your truth!


Father, enable me to do your will and not the will of my enemy in my interactions. Let my words only bring glory to you. 

2 Timothy 2 


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Monday, January 23, 2017

Words defile

Father, words are on my heart this week. Jesus told us that what comes out of the mouth comes from the depths of our hearts. And that is what defiles a person, my own heart. 


Out of my mouth comes evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, lies and slander. 


Father! Cleanse my heart!


Make me a woman after your own heart with words like your own words. I pray that your Holy Spirit would convict me as the words I speak show the evil in my heart. Give me a pure heart. 

Matthew 15


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