Truth Tuesday – Exchanging an Anxious Heart for a Joyful Heart

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Have you ever noticed how easy it is to focus all your energy and attention on a problem your are facing?  Do you find yourself gazing at the situation to the point that you are anxious or fearful?    I have been there quite a few times.  I keep these statements of faith handy and read them, along with the scriptures noted, to remind me to trust God.

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Truth Tuesday – Dare to Hope

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During the month of January each year,  I like to look back on the past year and reflect on all that the previous year entailed.  2016 was not an easy year for our family. Here is a brief recap:

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Truth Tuesday – A Prayer for 2017

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I have so appreciated your patience during the last several weeks as my blog has been silent.  My mother fractured her back just before Christmas, leaving my days filled, busy and needing to attend to her daily needs, all the while keeping up with the Christmas holiday and my usual schedule.  I am thankful to say that she is improving and was able to go to church this past Sunday.

Since we have started a new year, I thought I would share this prayer with you.  It is a prayer that I have tucked away in my prayer journal, expressing to God what I am desiring Him to do in my life this coming year.

Dear God,

Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for all that you’ve allowed into my life this past year, the good along with the hard things, which have reminded me how much I need you and rely on your presence filling me every single day.

I pray for your Spirit to lead me each step of this New Year. I ask that you will guide my decisions and turn my heart to deeply desire you above all else.  I ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. I ask that you would help me release my grip on the things to which you’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” I ask for help to pursue you first, above every dream and desire you’ve put within my heart.

I ask for your wisdom, for your strength and power to be constantly present within me. I pray you would make me strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give me ability beyond what I feel able, let your gifts flow freely through me, so that you would be honored by my life, and others would be drawn to you.

I pray that you’d keep me far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in my ear when I need to run, and whisper in my heart when I need to stand my ground.

I pray for your protection over my family and friends. I ask for your hand to cover me and keep me distanced from the evil intent of the enemy; that you would be a barrier to surround me, keeping me safe in your hands.  I pray that you would give me discernment and insight to understand your will, hear your voice, and know your ways.

I ask that you would keep my footsteps firm, on solid ground, helping me to be consistent and faithful. Give me supernatural endurance to stay the course, not swerving to the right or to the left, or being too easily distracted by other things that would seek to call me away from a close walk with you.

Forgive me for the times I have worked so hard to be self-sufficient, forgetting my need for you, living independent of your spirit. Forgive me for letting fear and worry control my mind, and for allowing pride and selfishness wreak havoc over my life. Forgive me for not following your ways and for living distant from your presence.

I confess my need for you…fresh…new…again.  I ask that you make all things new, in my heart, in my mind, in my life, for this coming year. I pray for your refreshing over me.

Keep your words of truth planted firm within me, help me to keep focused on what is pure and right, give me the power to be obedient to your word. And when the enemy reminds me where I’ve been, hissing his lies and attacking my way, I trust that your voice speaks louder and stronger, as you remind me I am safe with you and your purposes and plans will not fail.  I ask that you will be my defense and rear guard, keeping my way clear, removing the obstacles, and covering the pitfalls. Lord, lead me on your level ground.

I ask that you would provide for my needs.  I ask for your grace and favor. I pray for your blessings to cover me. I pray that you would help me to prosper and make every plan that you have birthed in my heart to succeed. I pray that others will take notice of your goodness and can’t help but to say, “This is one that the Lord has blessed.”

Help me to be known as a great giver.  Help me to be generous and kind.  Help me to look to the needs of others and not be consumed by only my own.

May I be a lover of truth, may the fruits of your spirit be evident in my life – your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Shine your light in me, through me, over me. May I make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set you way before me.  May all your plans succeed. May I reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.

To you be glory and honor, in this New Year, and forever.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

I pray that you will join me this year in making this your own prayer.  May your eyes be opened in a fresh new way to all the ways God crowns you with His goodness and abundantly blesses you.  May we seek Him above all things and be satisfied in Him alone.

Have a grace full week ~

Truth Tuesday – Bringing Him an Offering of Praise

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With the Christmas tree lights sparkling and a warm cup of coffee in hand, I sat quietly, seeking God’s presence as I read these words in Isaiah 9:6:

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government will be on shoulders.

And he will be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father

Prince of Peace.

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Truth Tuesday – O Come, Let Us Adore Him

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I unpacked my Willow Tree Nativity set this past weekend.  It was a lovely gift to me from a group of women that I mentored for several years.  I can’t help but think of each one of them as I set it up each year.  I also think about the stories of Christ birth as I pull out each piece from the storage box…Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus…the shepherd and the lambs…the wise men and camel.

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Truth Tuesday – Happy Thanksgiving

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Over the next few days, we will be busy with shopping, preparing meals, visiting with family, and maintaining traditions.

In all the hustle and bustle, let’s intentionally pause throughout our day and simply give thanks

to God for all He has done and continues to do in our lives.

~Happy Thanksgiving~

Truth Tuesday – Is Praise On Your Lips?

luke-17-15Are you familiar with the story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers.  The story can be found in Luke 17:11-19. In the story, you find ten men who have leprosy and are shunned from their homes and town because of their disease.  One day, these ten lepers meet Jesus and ask him to heal them.  All Jesus says to them is “go and show yourselves to the priests”.  They simply left to do as he said for they knew the meaning of this statement from Jesus.  It was customary for someone healed from a contagious disease to visit the priest, who could verify they were no longer able to pass the disease on to someone else. As they went to find the priest, they were healed.  Can you imagine the joy and excitement they must have felt?  They were heading home, no longer an outcast or shunned.  They could return to family and friends.

Out of the ten, only one returned to thank Jesus.  As I read this story, it made me think in my own life how quick I am to enjoy God’s gifts and slow to thank the Giver. I asked myself, how could I practice becoming more grateful in my life?  As I was considering this, I came across this statement – “Gratitude is born in the hearts of those that take time to count up past mercies”.  This got me thinking and putting a plan together that has worked very well in my own life.

Each day, as I read my Bible and pray, I thank God for something that either He shows me about Himself in Scripture, or I praise Him for one of His attributes from a list I keep in my prayer journal.  As I go through my week, I write out a list of things in my journal that I am thankful for each day – both the good and the bad things going on during the week.  On Saturday, I spend time thanking God for all the things on that list.  I don’t want this day to be about bringing my prayer request to God, just my thanks offering.

As you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving in your home, consider how you can make gratefulness a daily expression to God.  How are you being intentional to have praise on your lips?

Because your love is better than life,

my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live,

and in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 63:3-4

 

Have a grace full week of finding all the ways you are grateful.

 

 

 

 

Truth Tuesday – Pour Out Your Praise

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When is the last time you paused to give God thanks….just thanks and nothing else?  Sometimes life’s demands can leave us feeling overwhelmed and discouraged to the point that defeat crowds out thankfulness in our hearts.  Sometimes we get so busy that we forget to be thankful. Sometimes, praise seems just the opposite of what we want to do.

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Truth Tuesday – Giving Thanks for His Beautiful Name

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This past Sunday in church, we sang a worship song that I had never heard before.  Since then, the words and tune have continued to play over and over in my mind.  Today, I thought I would  share the song with you and a couple of verses to encourage your heart about the powerful and precious name of Jesus.

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Jeremiah 10:6 – No one is like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power.

Philippians 2:9-11 – Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on hearth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace.

Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Romans 10:13 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

 

As you read these verses and listen to this song, I pray that you will be take some time today to give Him thanks for His beautiful name.

For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever! Amen.

Romans 11:36

 

 

 

 

Truth Tuesday – Promises of God

luke-1-45Last week, I encouraged you to lay your hurts, doubts, fears and “what ifs” down and claim the hundreds of rock solid promises in the Bible God has for you.  This week, I thought I would share with you a free downloadable manual that I found on www.desiringgod.org   It is written by Timothy Keller, a author, pastor and theologian.  You will find this manual to be a comprehensive list of scripture promises such as:

  • promises to help with prayer
  • promises of the Holy Spirit’s powerful ministry
  • promises to those who are afflicted
  • promises to give protection
  • promises to save our children and future children
  • promises to those who fear God
  • promises that God will be with us

There is a wealth of written promises in this manual…more than the bullet points I have listed above.  Although it is a lengthy manual, this is a wonderful resource to either download or copy and use it during your own prayer warrior time.

Timothy Keller writes this, “The fuel of an intercessor is the promises of God. We remind God in prayer of what he has said and call him to be faithful to his word. Attaching God’s promises to people and situations is the very backbone of all faith-filled praying.”

In this manual, you will be given ideas on how to use it during your personal devotional time, in writing encouraging notes and emails, family devotions, and several others.

My hope and prayer is that this manual will be one that becomes a treasure to you in your prayer time…that the Word of God would give you a clear vision of exactly who God is and His purposes for your life…and help you to pray with more faith.

Click here for Manual – scripture-promises-and-prayer

Have a grace full week taking God at His Word ~