How long does one step take?

Every time  God wants to give me a gift I mean a really big blessing, which are then by nature a huge leap of faith. I hesitate. It’s ridiculous, numerous times He has given blessings beyound human comprehension, riches beyound are ability to earn or even fully contain and all He asks from us is obedience.  I hesitate.  Delayed obedience is still rebellion.  There is nothing left to be asked or answered, only a step to be taken.  How long can one step take? 

I stand at the crossroads again.  You have asked me to step out and  I’m hesitating.  Someone once said our faith is one of the only gifts we can give Him, and it can only be given while we are still breathing.   In heaven our faith is our sight.  A gift of faith to our King must be given now or not at all.  

Pray:  Lord Jesus

I surrender to You.  Help me to make the desires of Your heart be the desires of my heart. Grant me the gift of perfect alignment with You.  I lay down my rebellion at your feet.  Give me the first step I will take it, even when You don’t give the step by step plan.  I lay down my will, l will be obedient to You even when I do not comprehend Your purpose for what You have asked me to do.  Whatever God has asked you to do whether that be; to forgive, to unite your marriage to Him or full blown missions work, surrender. Surrender it to Jesus now by name. Thank you Jesus for your blessings already given and for the blessings to come from obedience. I love you thank you for loving me. Amen

God is faithful each and every time I have been obedient to God’s prompting, I have received blessings I never would have imagined. To know your actions are pleasing to the Lord is a high that can not be topped by anything in this plane of exsistance. 

Roller coaster or baby carrier?

To some people the strap that hangs off the front of the baby carrier is mundane at best, and most days just an annoyance.  Not so for my creative four year old.  She saw that strap as a roller coaster maker and being her generous and caring self she took her two month old sister for a ride.  I was in the kitchen when I heard the “dreaded silence” which can only mean trouble, as all mothers know.   I ran in to find Grace pulling around Abigail’s carrier at top speed by that front strap, both had pure joy all over their faces. Luckily the baby was fully strapped in complete with her winter cover over her.  The only one worse for the ride was their mother. 

Mother’s day surprise lesson!

Warning: If you can not handle graphic baby poop stories do not read on!  I repeat do not read on!  Warning.

I love perennial, so every year for mothers day I get to pick out my own flowers and this year I got to do it with only one child.  My daughter Abigail had just turned two months and had been a perfect angel all the way until we got to the car.  It was crazy hot out so I pulled off her long pants and left her in her onesie to feed.  We sat in the passenger side front of van and she nursed in the Walmart parking lot.  To my horror I heard extraordinary noises coming from my precious daughter. To my dismay my lap felt more warm than I wanted to think about.  My daughter had filled her pants to overflowing, splattering all over my shorts to the point of seeping onto the seat.  When I stood up to my horror it hit the pavement.  Like the mother of four and a seasoned veteran I panicked.  This was outrageous even for a Walmart parking lot.  I rolled up my short and put my daughter on the floor and used every piece of clothing my daughter had in the van and every cleaning device and anything that could me commandeered as a cleaning device.  She was still hungry so I sat her up to burp her,she promptly vomited all down the cleaner side of the passenger seat.  I drove home in laughing/tears texting John to get all cleaning devices available for action.

For mother’s day I received a great laugh and a number of lessons.  Have more cleaning devices than you think humanely possible in your vehicle, an extra outfit for not only your children but yourself and a really really big sense of humor.  Who knew my two month old would so readily inform me of how ill equipped I was.

Power prayers!

The best way to add power to your prayers is to use the word of God.  Who else would have more power and truth than the maker of the Universe.  Use His words to transform your prayer life and ultimately your life.  2 Timothy 3:16, All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.  

When I find myself praying for the same things over and over again, I then begin to search for scripture to match my need.  Or to be more honest as I catch myself acting less than righteous in the same area of my life over and over again. To create a prayer I take pieces from the scripture or the whole thing and with the power of the Holy Spirit a prayer is developed.  As the Holy Spirit is at work within me the prayer is often transformed many times. I then pray this before entering a situation that would normally trigger my less than Christ-like behavior. Here is one of my prayers with the scripture listed after it.

My prayer:

Lord, I need you within my life, come to me, hear my voice and my inner heart.  You know what I need while I struggle within my confused mind.  Create within me a clean heart, I am not able to tame my tongue alone, keep watch over the door of my lips.  Do not incline my heart to any evil thing.  Help me to accept the corrections of the righteous people in my life.  Jesus I ask for your transforming power within my life to create in me a clean spirit.  Lord Jesus create a trap within my mind to stop my judgmental heart in its tracks, before out of my heart flows cruel or unnecessary words.  Lord I ask You to govern my tongue in all situations to say the things I should say and to stop me from saying the things I shouldn’t.  Thank you Lord for all the corrections You are doing in my life.  I desire You with all my heart, and I surrender myself entirely to your control Lord Jesus.   I love you, Amen.

Psalm 141:1-5 parts of: Lord, I cry out to You; Make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.  Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting of my hands as the evening sacrifice.  Set a guard, O Lord over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness, and let him rebuke me; (NKJV)

 

Pray? Why?

Pray because you want the maker of the universe to align you with His purpose not for you own short sided laundry list of wants. As you pray God re-aligns your priorities, what you wanted sometimes becomes irrelevant and other times becomes the very fire of your life.

Someone once asked, “Why would I spend time asking God for what I want when He already knows”?  Prayer is about surrender, faith and the transformation of the human involved not the listing of needs for God to carry out.  You need to state your wants and surrender them to Christ.  Confessing your wants to God is a testimony that You believe God could meet your desires.  If you are reluctant to bare yourself, and tell God what you want, it is an admittance you believe God can not help you, so why ask?   

Don’t make the mistake of believing if you are not getting what you asked for it is because God is punishing you.  That is not the case He is the Alpha and the Omega, He is already with you at the end of the race in heaven.  He will only provide for you, what is best for you, not what is easiest.  God is not interested in your comfort, but is interested in your character.  Developing character doesn’t happen during the great times, but does during the refining trials.

For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” Hebrew 12:6, NLV  We should not count trials as something to be ashamed or fearful of.  When we ask God to transform us, we can expect there will need to be refining fires to accomplish this.  Nobody wants to endure trials,but they are a necessary and a sweet victory when we succeed.  Whenever we choose to surrender to God, while going through a trial we will succeed and gain a story to witness from.  No one wants to hear about how God is so great, when all they see is sunshine in your life, people are only truly impressed when you praise God when the storms of life are crushing you.  When you succeed where others fail, because of your surrender to Christ people see something real and true to seek after.  

Pray: Lord Jesus I ask for Your revelation of truth.  I don’t understand what’s happening and nothing makes sense anymore.  You know all, and have me within Your hand.  Jesus please reveal Your heart to me.  Make Your plan real and concrete for me, so that I can follow Your path.  This is really hard and I need some light, help me to find joy in the little things.  You say Your joy is our strength and I need some.  Please grant me a quiet and gentle heart while I triumph through this.  Show me how I can demonstrate Your kingdom, here on earth.  I surrender my wants to Your needs.  I know You love me.  Thank you for all the blessings You are, and will rain down on me.  Amen. Love your daughter, Heather