Friday, March 24, 2017

Lent Faithfulness

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness.
You are always there directing me, helping me, protecting me, saving me from my mistakes and bad decisions, leading me where You want me to go, even when I am unwilling.
God, by faith I believe You created the world and sent Your Son to save it. And it isn't even my faith – You gave it to me, through my grandparents and my parents, through many ministers and teachers, each one giving me a piece of themselves, a testimony of Your grace and mercy, through time … to me.
God, You are faithful.
Thank You for this gift passed down.
I was sick, but Jesus, Healer, You stayed with me the whole time, and I am whole!
Praise God for His faithfulness!
(Hebrews 11:1-12) (rhtm)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lenten Rescue

A
Looking around the room of my life
I see unfinished, forgotten, neglected projects and people
Gathering dust, falling apart, waiting
Waiting for someone, for me, to come and resolve them, redeem them, rescue them, but I can't … there's just so much …
Then You come and tell me all is forgiven
You re-shelf my books, You dust off the good things and lovingly place them where they belong
And now the room of my life is beautiful
Thank You, Jesus

B
You heard my groaning when I was in bondage (before I even realized it was bondage)
and You remembered Your Covenant
You are Yahweh, my Everything, and I belong to You
You take my burdens
You break my chains
You rescued me
You stretched out Your arms and You paid for me
I am Your daughter and You are my God
I know You are God Almighty, the One Who Fights for me
You broke the net and untangled me, You pulled me out of the pit I had fallen into
You placed me in Your Kingdom through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ
And I will live with You forever in the Promised Land
God, I am Yours. Direct my day. In Jesus.
(Exodus 6:5-8) (rhtm)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lent Waiting

Father, sometimes it feels like You aren't there.
I pray and pray and nothing happens.
Father, help me to be still, to wait, to be quiet, to stay where I am, to rest.
I know You are there.
I know You hear me.
I know You are working out all the bad things in my life for my good.
Jesus, I know You went through this too, so I know You understand. And because You know I can wait just a little longer.
One more day.
Until I see, I will read Your Word and pray and praise.
And thank You for everything I have and all the wonderful things You have allowed into my life.
Holy Spirit, tap me on the shoulder and point to that thing I need to see.
Jesus, I wouldn't even be here if it weren't for Your sacrifice. Thank You.
(Psalm 22) (rhtm)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lent and Heaven

LORD God Almighty, thank You for showing a tiny bit of the majesty of heaven.
It was too much for John to describe in writing and it is too much for me to understand in reading. But I worship You anyway. I understand a small piece of Your magnificent plan You shared with us in the Bible. I can't imagine how it will look all worked out!
I believe it will be wonderful. I believe we will understand more fully the importance of worshiping You. You created angels to worship and serve. You created creatures to praise You night and day, and to lead others in praise.
The praising of You fulfills such an important purpose in the reality of existence that I can only praise and ponder.
You are holy. You are worthy to receive all the glory, all the honor, all the power.
You created everything by Your Word and Your will brings the reality of existence continually into being.
Receive all my praise and help me to grow that praise day by day.
In Jesus.
(Revelation 4) (rhtm)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lent Reminders

God, Bless all ministers of Your Word. Remind us to treat them with the utmost respect. Kill all gossip and bring unity to each church under Your Almighty Care.
Eradicate revenge in all our hearts. Give us presence of mind to give You room to work as we get out of Your way, trusting that You will take it from here.
Increase our prayers with thanksgiving. Give us a strong desire to be in Your Word and a longing for heaven. Humble us to live in unity with all believers. In Jesus, the Only Way, the Only Truth, the Only Life. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-24) (rhtm)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lent Healing

LORD, I come back to You again
You tore away that thing I loved, but I am healing
You allowed that sickness, but it's binding up my soul
I am revived
I am raised up
You took all that away so I could see You
I will pursue You, get to know more about You in Your Word, in my life, in others lives
Gathering testimonies
and sharing mine
in a humbled, awkward praise to You
God, come to me like rain
Drench me in Your Spirit
Refresh me for the new work You have for me
(Hosea 6:1-3) (rhtm)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Lent Fear

God, You said in Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

And I believe You …

But I struggle …

At 1:30 am when I awake to a sound. I try to calm my heart by searching the house;
When a bill comes due with no money to cover it I try to figure out a way to get around it by pacing in my mind;
At night, when I am in bed listening to the sounds of the loud and noisy movie and I worry if my family will have a good night's sleep;
When I get a text from one of my grown children who is ill;
Jesus, these fears smack me in the face, hit me in the chest, creep up on me from behind or crawl up my leg,
But they die at the sound of Your Name, they whither as I think about You, they run from the Words of Scripture.
Jesus, don't let the fear inside my heart. I trust in Your Word. (rhtm)