Sunday, June 18, 2017

God Seasons...

My Father,

My heart and mind are so full of so many things today.  The best place to start, though, is to say that you are Holy and I want your kingdom to come and your will to be done on this earth, as it is where you are in heaven.  The day is almost gone, and yet I still pray that you will give us our daily bread and forgive our sins as we forgive the people who have sinned against us.  Please keep us out of temptation and deliver us from the plans of the evil one, Father.  Everything belongs to you!  That is comforting to know, Lord.  There is nothing that escapes your notice nor your power.  It is all yours, and you will do with it as seems fit to you.  Thank you for that!  I pray that you will have your way in all of your people, Lord.  Be glorified in every wonderful way you will through us.

Thank you for the seasons you set before us.  You know I'm talking about the seasons of laboring, growth, maturing, trials, struggles, resting, and joy. There are so many others that my mind can't comprehend, but I know you had planned them all before we were even born.  Thank you, Lord.  It helps to know that most especially during the times that are hard to endure.  Sometimes when I am feeling the weight of battle, I need the reminder you give me through Holy Spirit.  You're faithful to tell me that you are at work in me, refining, strengthening, and developing things in me that are necessary for my walk and my healing. 

 Sometimes, like today, you shore me up with the reminder that decades-old wounds need healing and you are at work bringing that healing to pass.  Father, during those times of your great mercy you show me the effects of my sin in the lives of others.  Thank you for all of these things, Lord.  In your amazing love, you do the work of humility with each new revelation.  I am astounded by your patience and kindness, Father.  You wait for years sometimes, so that I can endure the revelation of my sin and its effects on others as well as on me. 

 Some of the things you've unveiled would have crushed me or overwhelmed me so much that I couldn't have withstood the knowledge of what I'd done without giving up and turning away in guilt and shame. You knew that was the case, so you protected me from seeing it all at once.  Your grace is beautiful, Father.  Thank you for being so gracious to me.

 I remember the panic attacks and how you said it was because of all of the trauma I'd been through in my lifetime and that you were bringing up things slowly so as not to let the remembrance of them destroy me.   I had blocked so much of my life out of my memory because it was too hard for me to recall as you told me long ago.  Thank you once again for your protection over my life.  I wasted so much of it, Father.  Help me use your wisdom during the time I  have remaining on earth!

You said in your word that you would take our hearts of stone and give us hearts of flesh.  How painful and yet how beautiful it is, Father!   Thank you for continuing to love us during this process of changing us.  Thank you for your love, my glorious GOD! Thank you for your goodness to us.

Holy, please help us remember that the work in us is ongoing! Remind us when the enemy tells us what failures we are, or when we feel tempted to criticize other believers who are struggling in some area of their lives that we have perhaps overcome in ours.  Help us keep our opinions and thoughts to ourselves about others and rather show mercy and patience, and grace just as you do for us.  Help us keep a watch over our tongues and only speak life and blessings over others.  

Teach us what we need to know about the power of our words and how important it is for us to be merciful!  You showed me again in James 2:13 that the person who doesn't show mercy to others will be judged without mercy, and that mercy exults over judgment.  I want to be shown mercy, Father!  I want to be merciful to others as well.  My prayer is for the whole body of Christ to come away from the critical and judgmental mindsets and to give with liberty the gift of mercy to one another.  Help us, Father. Help us see with your eyes.  Change our hearts of stone to become hearts of flesh!

Thank you for being my Father.  I love you so much.  Let your words come alive in all of your children.  Wake us from our sleepy ways and be all you desire in us.  In Yeshua's most glorious name I will forever remain your 'My Victory.'  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Strengthen Our Sails in the Starlight

The sun isn't up yet, but I can see the stars twinkling in the early morning sky.  I'm thankful for another day and night here on earth.  

Good morning, Father.  You are amazing in all things, Lord, and I bless your name today.  Thank you for your goodness and faithfulness in all things.  To be able to lie down at night, knowing that I have a Creator and Father who rules the Universe and who is always God is so comforting to know.  Thank you again for being God!  I will not ever grow weary of telling you how very grateful I am that you are God!

Lord, time goes by so quickly!  It seems the day has just begun and yet not everything has been accomplished that needs to be done before it is gone. There are moments of great frustration, knowing that there is still so much that I can't seem to get to and aware that time is slipping away.  I don't want to be negligent of what needs to be done, but neither do I want to miss the time I need to simply be with you and away from all of the daily tasks.  I continue to ask for your way always.   You know what is best left undone, what is necessary, and what is not.  

You know the timing of all things.  Lead me in your timing, Father.  And please give me the strength I need in every moment.  Some days I feel weak and tired. Strengthen me during those days, Lord.  Please tell me when to rest, if I am not paying close enough attention or if I am feeling pressed and don't recognize the pressure.  Lead me in the way everlasting. You are The Way Everlasting!

Many of my brothers and sisters in the body of Christ are also feeling such enormous pressure and tiredness.  I ask you in Yeshua's name to reveal to each one the truth about where that pressure and fatigue originates. Lord, many are not only tired, and under enormous pressure, but also feel they are not accomplishing their call in life.  

Lord, you see and know all.  You know the things we cannot see, and you decide when and where you want to use each one of us. You also understand how you want to use us!  Help your people refuse frustration and accept with joy and anticipation the doors you open at the times of your choosing!  

Help your people lay aside wrong mindsets that inhibit the relationships you want to enjoy with us.  How often have we turned away because of guilt about tasks undone or for neglecting time that could have been spent with you?  Help your people see the need to be with you intimately every day to clearly hear your word of direction for the moment.  We need the quiet time with you, Father.  We need the time alone, separate from the cares and duties of life if we are to hear you clearly and deepen our relationships with you.  Strengthen all of us to willingly lay aside every agenda we create and choose to run to you for our time alone together.  

Even at times, Lord, things will change moment to moment. You know and see it all!  Your will is the rudder on my ship.  Turn me this way and that according to your desire for my life. Holy Spirit, speak to me first thing every morning before we even set sail for the day.  Talk to me throughout the day!  I pray for your wisdom, discernment, humility, and love to fill my sails.  

Please wash over your people with waves of joy, power, strength, and peace as the hours rush by.  And  Father, please draw all of us ever closer to you, your will and your ways for our lives. Do what must be done to bring us closer to you.  You've been so good to us, Father.  Again I ask you to make us people who are hungry for you.

You desire truth in the inward parts.  Fill us with the truth of your word. Fill us with the truth of who you are and who we have been called to be. Help us seek your way and find it.  And help us see the ones who are afloat on the seas of life, with no life jacket to keep them from drowning.  You have the life jacket they need, but you send your people to deliver that 'life jacket' to them.  The life of your word is the life jacket everyone needs to be saved!  

Help us see that setting our own course means that we may miss the lives that are crying out to be saved!  We love you, Father!  We love you, Lord Yeshua and we love you, beautiful Holy Spirit.  Have your way with us today! 

You are most beautiful and wonderful of all!  You are kindness and mercy, glory and power!  You are faithful and gentle, passionate and perfection! You are my provider and my friend.  I love you, Lord.  Reign in me today.

In Yeshua's mighty saving name, I pray and will always be your...
'My Victory' 


Friday, June 9, 2017

EVERLASTING BEAUTY...

Dearest Lord God,
Thank you for this beautiful day!  It was wonderful to be alive, Father!  My heart is at a loss for words because you are so generous with your love and gifts.  When I think about how amazing you are, and how few and limited my words to express what I feel for you, at times it can be frustrating!  

I want to bask in your presence!  I want to sit at your feet and hear the sound of your voice; to look into your eyes and see the endless eternity that lives there.  I want to put my hand in yours and feel the strength of your presence, the reality of your existence and the power of your love.  I want to watch you create, and walk with you along the pathway of the stars.  I want to drink in your majesty and forever rest in your presence.  I want to know what it feels like to have all of the stress and pressure - and the pain - leave my body, never to return.  I want to stay with you forever, LORD!  

I want to see the people I know and love there with you, too.  I don't want anyone to be left out.  I want to see hearts and lives change for your glory!  I want to see the least to the greatest bow before your throne, in surrender, adoration, and devotion.  I want to hear voices raised in praise and wonder!  I want to hear the sounds of laughter and joy pouring out of mouths from hearts overflowing with ecstasy simply because you are YOU and you are ENOUGH! 

I want to know what it feels like to live with others who love you with all of their hearts, might, mind, and strength.  I want to know that there will never again be pain or suffering - that there will never again be lost, broken, hurting, hungry, fearful or abandoned loved ones.  I want to see the wonder of your creativity throughout the universe!  

I want to hear the angels sing!  I want to experience the flowers, trees, and grasses singing to you, too!  I want to see colors that my mind cannot conceive and walk through gardens filled with flowers never known on the earth.  I want to hear birds pour forth praise!  I want to see eagles fly around your throne, screeching at the tops of their lungs with fire emanating from their eyes and mouths as they declare your royalty!  I want to see crowns being cast at your feet and hear the thunderous applause of people saved!  I want to experience the beauty of you in ways that can only happen in your very presence.  

Oh, my God and Father!!!  I long for these things!  My heart cries out for the peace of eternity with you!  My Lord and my King!  How beautiful you are!  Yours is Everlasting Beauty!  You are Creator of all things, Ruler of the Creation you have brought forth!  You will forever be King of all kings and Lord of all lords!  You are the One my heart longs for!  I adore you!  I adore your abundant love, LORD!  That you would care for us - for me - makes my heart sing and hope in the glory of being with you forever.  

I pray for the ones who don't know you yet.  I pray for your kingdom to come and your will to be done on earth, as it is in Heaven where you dwell.  I pray for every person alive and all who are yet to come!  May each one long for and search for you!  May each one find the joy of YOU in their lives!  Be glorified in me, Father!  Be glorified in your people! Be exalted in the earth and in all you set your hand to do.  Be glorified in your very words!  
Thank you for being the Everlasting Beauty of all Time and Eternity!  How is it possible to get close enough to you?!  And yet, Lord, I will try.  Hold each of your children close!  Wake us up, Father!  Help us see that our time is short - that we are only here for a brief moment - and help us run into your arms, in total abandonment of every agenda, hope, dream, desire or hunger that puts you anywhere but in first place in our hearts!  

Thank you once again for your goodness and love!  I ask for each of these things in Yeshua's perfect name!  Be glorified in me, and know that I will forever be your....

My Victory!