Wait

Wait

“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31 NASB

Depending on the version of the Bible you read, the first phrase may vary: those who wait, those who hope, or those who trust.  I like the word wait.

Wait: to be available or in a state of readiness

If I wait, it means I trust and hope in the Lord with enough confidence to:

(1)     not try to do it myself

(2)     not expect someone else to have the answer for me

(3)     be in a state of preparation, or get ready, for what God has for me

As I wait, I pray. I watch expectantly for God and give Him all glory for every good thing.

Father, prepare my heart for whatever You have for me.  Teach me to surrender my heart fully to You so that I can prepare each day for what You have for me.  Renew my strength so that through You I can soar on wings like an eagle and not grow weary. Restore me Father. Renew me.

Psalm 27:14, Psalm 37:34, Psalm 40:1, Isaiah 25:9

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Appointed Times

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“For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. “Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.“ Habakkuk 2:3-4 NASB

Father, thank you for Your promises, Your deliverance and Your Word. Thank you for Your love, Your power and Your might that You wield on my behalf. Thank you for going before me and coming behind me. Thank you for Your favor.

Father, please search my heart to make it right and suitable for You. Take my heart and purge it of any prideful or soulish desires. I yearn to be in full communion with You, believing Your promises and waiting patiently and hopefully for Your timing.

1 Corinthians 4:5, Galatians 3:11, Ephesians 2:10

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Be Content

Be Content

“Giving grows out of the heart—otherwise, you’ve reluctantly grumbled “yes” because you felt you had to or because you couldn’t say “no,” but this isn’t the way God wants it. For we know that “God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 The Voice

It all starts at the heart. Everything grows and springs forth out of our heart.  Our words. Our motives. Our plans. Our intentions.

How can we learn to be content with what we have?

  • View material goods as given by God to be used wisely
  • Work hard to earn and save money
  • Give to the Lord’s work and those in need
  • Remember to be thankful and to enjoy what God gives

Lord, tend to my heart. Teach me how to be a good steward with every blessing that You give.  Help me to use all things with a kingdom mindset.

Matthew 25:14-30, Proverbs 6:6-11, 2 Corinthians 9:7, Proverbs 19:17, 1 Timothy 6:17

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Heart To Heart

heart to heart

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 NIV

Our God is all about relationship.  He wants to walk with us.  He’s always there for us but sometimes we prefer to walk by ourselves.  Have you ever taken a walk with someone and they always try to walk ahead or lag way behind?  It’s really hard to communicate if they are not walking WITH you.  In order to walk with God, He asks that out of love for Him we respect His ways.  His ways are good ways and they certainly save us a lot of heartache.  But most of all, if our heart is turned toward God, we will have intimacy with Him.

The deeper that intimacy grows, the more the desire to please Him grows.  The desires of His heart become the desires of our heart.

Father, I pray that my heart will be so surrendered to You so that Your ways become mine.

Deuteronomy 10:12-13, 2 Peter 1:5-8, Ephesians 4:32, James 4:6-10

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VIP

VIP

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NIV

We are special.  We are chosen. We are royal.

Has anyone ever made you feel special?  Not just kind of special.  I’m talking over the top, out of this world, giddy with excitement special.  The kind that gives you butterflies in your stomach and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  Multiply that times a gazillion and you still don’t even come close to how special we are to God.  It’s hard to comprehend!

So why don’t we celebrate more?  How do we treat the people that make us feel special?  I usually go out of my way to schedule time with them.  I miss it when I don’t talk with them. I seek their input and like to partner with them in work and play.  We laugh together.  We hug each other and cry together.  We anticipate getting together with excitement.  It’s wonderful when it’s mutual.  That is the very best.

We have that VIP invitation whenever we want.  So let the celebration begin….

Father God, thank you for the reminder to celebrate every good thing You have for me daily!

Jeremiah 31:3, Isaiah 61:10, 1 Peter 2:17

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I Wanna Be Like You

I wanna be like you

“1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100 NIV

This is what I know:

  • God’s love endures forever
  • God’s love is perfect
  • Perfect love drives out fear
  • God’s love never fails
  • The greatest of all gifts is love

Father, help me to love like You do.

1 John 4:18, 1 Corinthians 13:8, 13

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Peace

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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

Jesus shared His teachings and His life with us so that we can have peace in Him.  This world brings trouble. So what is the opposite of peace?

Disagreement. Hate. Discord. Agitation. Disharmony. Distress. Fighting. Frustration. Upset. War. Worry.

God is all about relationship.  He made us to crave, desire and require community.  All the words above seek to disrupt or destroy relationship.  They destroy peace.

Much of our technology of today has wonderful efficiencies and opportunities for more connection. However, they are not replacements for relationship.  Connection can be very superficial.  Relationship is deeper.  It requires characteristics like trust and interdependence and giving and sharing. There is a mutual investment. It understands imperfection.  It operates in forgiveness and acceptance.

Father, show me how to operate in your peaceful ways that build trust and faith in my relationships with others.  Help me not to engage in behaviors that disrupt or destroy.

Psalm 85: 8-11, 105:4; John 14:27

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