... of countless ways in which
Our Creator constantly romances us.
Good Morning, Abba. Happy Friday! You created the whole idea of cycles and weeks and time. You perfectly orchestrated everything to show us how nature works, so we can recognize the cycles and have something by which to structure our understanding of time and experience some measure of predictability. You are the master of all chaos, the creator of black holes, the One Who knows the answers to all our mysteries. You are the Ancient One. You existed before any of this was ever here, and You’ll be here long after it’s all gone. You are forever. Unchanging. Perfect. Complete.
I confess that I am a tiny little human with grand ideas of my own importance. I confess that I know almost nothing about the universe and yet I take myself and my insignificant little life very seriously. I have set myself upon the throne of my life, and I expect everyone else to pay me the respect that’s really only due to You. I think much of my circumstances and spend so much time and energy trying to manipulate them. I confess that I am a completely derelict, irresponsible and undisciplined ambassador of Your Kingdom, failing miserably at my job.
Thank You for Your forgiveness. Thank You that You are working in me both to will and to do. Thank You that You’ve promised to make good on my life, to turn it into something beautiful. Thank You for second chances unnumbered. Thank You for the freedom we experience in this country. Thank You for my beautiful children and their health. Thank You for Ben’s new school. Thank You for our new life and routine. Thank You that You will guide me to understand exactly which projects are worthy of my time and attention and will bring me a spiritual director.
Please bring that spiritual director this week. Please bring me an older, wiser person who will be honest and speak into my life and hold me accountable and expect much of me spiritually. Please help me to see the absolute best in people and not judge or criticize the ones you send into my life. Please help me to take my current perspective into my day, and to continue to take my projects very lightly, and to put all the weight on Your goals of glory. Please bless this evening’s party and give us the strength to cover it spiritually so that the Opposition is defeated. Please shape us into a cohesive, spiritually disciplined band of believers who make a difference in the history of mankind.
In Jesus’ beautiful name I pray, amen!
what just happened? it feels like my HEART just got turned back on, like i’m suddenly set FREE and WILDLY ALIVE.
You are the One Who created all of this. You were not the one Who led me into temptation, but You were the One there with me all the way, whispering encouragement in my ear and my heart. You are PURE LOVE, complete JOY, overwhelming YES-ness. irrational OPTIMISM, impossible BEAUTY, and outrageous LAUGHTER.
i confess that i have been living in the dungeon, afraid of what my 2nd family thinks, going along with many of their judgments and not standing on Your TRUTH. i have been playing small.
THANK YOU for WAKING me up to this simple fact. THANK YOU that You don’t judge, and that You are unconditional loving acceptance. Thank You that You never condemn us, so I can live in FREEDOM, knowing that I am always safe and good and well. THANK YOU for the new life You’re leading us into, for the foster kids we get to love and serve and pray for and be with. thank You for the unity song “Let There Be Peace on Earth” at our old church CA last night. 😉
My request for today is that You would continue to guide me in this path, opening my eyes to the false imprisoning beliefs and habits and judgments that are holding me back from being everything i can be. Please also guard my heart and my mind, keeping me on the track of Eternal-mindedness, not caught up in the physical, visible details of life, but living in the Kingdom, seeing what’s real, experiencing the spiritual realities of love and purpose and relationship (instead of disappointed about physical things or too caught up in what our new apartment looks/smells like, etc.).
i love you. thank You for our new adventure.
Amen. and so it is.