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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Friday, January 20, 2017

Wisdom

Father, you tell me that the fear of you is the beginning of knowledge and that fools despise wisdom and instruction. 


Help me to actively seek you in gaining wisdom and not just seek the wisdom of man. Help me to not be quick to discount instructions and wisdom, from your word or from people around me who have wisdom to share with me. 


Give me your wisdom, above all. Make me a woman who seeks and asks for wisdom from you. 

Proverbs 1


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Vision

Father, thank you for this promise almost from the very beginning of scripture, in the middle of so many laws, that you desire to be found by me. 


That I will find you as I search with all my heart. You hide yourself to be found on the pages of scripture and you delight in when I find glimpses of you. 


Let me be a woman who seeks to find you in every situation of my life and every passage of your word that I read. Your word is alive and your Holy Spirit brings new revelation in my understanding of you. 


Father, be thou my vision. My only lens to see the world through. 

Deuteronomy 4

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Set before

Father, you are my only hope. I have set the LORD always before me. Therefore, my heart is glad, my whole being rejoices and my flesh is secure. 


You. 

Will. 

Not. 

Abandon. 

Me. 


You make known to me the path of life, even though my flesh may fail. 

In your presence I find fullness of joy.  


Father, help me to daily walk in your presence and walk out the fullness of joy that you have provided for me. 

Psalm 16

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Faithfully

Father, there are so many lessons in Proverbs that I can't wait to dig into. 


Your word tells me that those who act faithfully are your delight. I want to be your delight, Father. 


Help me to faithfully seek you and faithfully obey your word. Help me to act faithfully in every area of my life. 

Proverbs 12

 

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Rejoice

Father, the words of Habakkuk felt real in my heart. I could see no blossoms or fruit. No food in the fields and no herd in the stalls. 


But I have you. And I rejoice. I will take joy in your salvation. 


You are my strength and you make my feet swift and steady. 


When I have every reason to stumble, but somehow I don't. Because of you. You hold me up as I steady myself on you. 

Habakkuk 3

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Friday, January 6, 2017

By little

Father, your law feels binding at first glance. But looking deeply into your heart through your word, you reveal your love. 


Your restrictions are there to guide and give a standard. You want the best for your children and you want us to receive your best, in your way and time. 


Thank you for opening my eyes to this passage where you said to Israel that you will give them the land little by little so that they will grow into what you have for them to possess. You had to do it this way so that they would be sustainable. You gave them battle after battle so that they would see your hand in the entire process. 


Father, let this sink into my heart. You give me battle after battle so that I can see your hand at work in my life constantly. So that I can grow into what you have for me to possess. Quick growth can be clumsy and you want me to be solid and steady. 


Thank you that you are with me every battle of the way. Help me not to loose heart. 

Exodus 23

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Imagined

Father, when I look back on my life, I don't understand how you have made beauty out of ashes, but you have. Thank you for your grace. 


Father, help me to believe again, that your plans are far greater than I have ever seen, heard or could ever imagine. Help me to see through the eyes of the spirit in faith. Help me to see and understand the things you have given to me as gifts, that I may not currently see as gifts. 


Father, I love you. I want all the things you have for me. Help me to walk in trust and faith. Make me a dreamer of your dreams. 

1 Corinthians 2


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Monday, January 2, 2017

Called

Father, Paul and Barnabas knew you called them, there was no doubt. They went out in faith and obeyed you. The people loved them because of the healing of the crippled man, then the people turned on them as they began to preach of the power by which the man was healed. 


They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city and everyone thought he was dead. 


But he got right back up and headed to the next city. Because he knew who he was in you. He knew the calling on his life. So he kept going and didn't let anything stop him. 


Father, help me to be willing to be called by you in every situation and circumstance. To know who you created me to be and who I am because of your great work of redemption. 

Make me brave. 

Acts 14

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