Category Archives: priorities

O Life, Where Is Your Victory?

Good morning, Abba. I come before Your throne in worship, for You are Almighty God. The beginning and the end. You are the reason for all of this. The source. The original. The inventor. Creator. Artist. Explorer. Author. Healer. Patient leader. Tenderhearted father. Loving shepherd. Fierce warrior. Protector. Defender. Redeemer. And ultimately you will set all wrongs right and make everything beyond worth it.

I confess that I pretty much lived another day only for myself. I just get so caught up in the sensual pleasures of life, the business, the lure of the outer and the attempts to reach worldly success. Then I switch over to self-loathing and the opposite end of the not-focused-on-You spectrum. O Life, where is Your victory? My flesh is so weak to do what You would have me do, and so strong to lead me astray and distract me. I confess I have not disciplined my flesh and my mind to stay focused on You and things above.

Thank You that Your mercies are new every morning. Thank You for the high calling on my life. Thank You for the power of prayer. Thank You for the people You have given me, who are just waiting for me to step up to my position of power and create the space for them to learn about the disciplines and join together in a community of believers who are taking the disciplines seriously without getting cultish. Thank You that we do have internet access much of the time, and that the finances to provide that consistently are on the way. Thank You that we are well-fed and cared for and that our own home will be here soon. Thank You that I get along so well with my husband most of the time. I know that is pure miracle. Thank You for our health and our magical family.

Please guide us today. Keep us close to You and don’t let us stray too far. Help us to actually do what needs to be done to experience Your sweet victory!! Teach us what our part is exactly. Send us Your Holy Spirit to instruct us and comfort us. Open our eyes to actually SEE You as You said we would! Or, if that’s a misunderstanding of the scripture, please open our minds to understand that, so we aren’t left feeling defeated. Bring us community that is committed to You and living for You, so that we can build each other up and reach victory together. Bring hymns to our mind throughout the day, to keep our hearts on You and Your heavenly reality. Make this day a day to remember forever. A day of victory for Your Kingdom.

In Jesus’ name I pray, and so it is! Amen!

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In This World as an Ambassador of Your World

Abba, You are the Creator of everything on earth and in outer space. You invented humans, mountains, oceans, planets, creatures, water, light, energy, and emotions. There is nothing You can’t do, nothing You don’t know.

I confess that I’m a mess. I want You and only You in the morning and the evening. You’re the bookends of my day. But all day long, I think of nothing but earth and business and “success.”

Thank You that You can overcome this divide. You can build a bridge and network of connections to bring the two worlds together. So that I can be IN the world while OF Your World.

Please make this happen today. Bring Your World into my daily grind. Remind me of You during the day. Show me how I can integrate the spiritual disciplines into my secular business day. Remind me that nothing is secular. Teach me what it means to be an ambassador of Heaven when I’ve never actually been there!

I love You. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen!

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Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic

Good morning, Abba!

You are. You absolutely are. I don’t understand Who or What You are completely or even close, but I know that You exist and one day I will see You. My little finite brain cannot come close to comprehending the magnitude of Who You are, but I know that You are absolutely jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring. If I could see You, my heart would all but stop beating, I’d be covered with goosebumps from toe to scalp, and I would be completely unable to speak. Even one of Your servants the angels would inspire the same response from me. You are just so Other. So beyond. So incomprehensible. Bigger, stronger, more radiant, more lovely, more majestic than I could ever imagine. And more loving and gracious than I could ever deserve.

I confess that I live my entire day without an awareness of this fact. I confess that while I intellectually “know” that the spiritual disciplines will bring me closer to the possibility of developing the ability to experience the spiritual realm–and that experience is the only thing that would really matter, since everything else is just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic–I still spend all my time on those deck chairs, fully caught up in the illusion of the importance of this world, neglecting to do the only things that could make my True Dreams, my deepest desires, a reality. I live as if this world matters and Heaven is just a fairy tale. I have become Robinson Crusoe, creating a comfortable life around me here on this island. Every day I forget why I’m here. I forget about Your children. I forget that they are lost and lonely and hopeless. If they were my children, I would not let rest come to my eyes before I found them and helped them reconcile. HOW do I offer them the ministry of reconciliation? What does that look like in real life? I confess that I think of “witnessing” in a pretty cheesy light. I am so not fulfilling Your commission to go into all the world preaching Your gospel. I want to, but I’m so ashamed of the way Your gospel has been polluted and misused and so many have been hurt by well-meaning Christians who butchered Your mission and Your children.

Thank You that You can work through all of that and already are. Thank You that You are bringing into my life spiritual directors who “get” it. Who aren’t caught up in the religiosity of it all but live to fulfill Your mission. Who can help guide me into that same life. Who can speak into my life and cut away the fat. Thank You for Your Word that does that every day, even though it has been so mistranslated and misinterpreted. Thank You for my family, my creative work, the opportunities I have, the freedom I enjoy every day, the salvation that gives me hope and comfort. Thank You for our church tribe, for Facebook, for who I’ve become and the groups You’ve given me to lead into restoration and healing and habilitation. Thank You for discipline and the power of incremental change.

Please set my heart on fire for You and restructure my priorities. Help me to see the highest and best and how to cut through the distractions and the superfluous and get the things done today that matter most. Please give me wisdom and surround me with wise friends and counselors. Open their mouths to speak truth into my life and help me see what I’m missing, where I’m missing the point and wasting my time and energy. Heal Ian’s heart and mind and create in him a powerful drive to produce great work that is both fulfilling and financially rewarding. Please increase our income so that we can not only meet our family’s needs, but have plenty to share with those in need and invest in those who have great ideas and work ethics but just need a little boost. Please make me an angel investor and a powerfully focused citizen of Heaven.

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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