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"From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised," Psalm 113:3.

Heavenly Father, You are a great and awesome God, majestic, wonderous, highly exalted and to be praised. Thank You for Your abundant blessings. Transform us into Your image as we gaze on You and praise Your name.


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Monday
Aug242015

Where Am I? 

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You. How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance. In Your name they rejoice all the day, And by Your righteousness they are exalted. For You are the glory of their strength. And by Your favor our horn is exalted.”

Psalm 89:14-17

The answer to "where am I" or better "where have I been" is I've been:

-Blessed with joyful ministry opportunities.

-Sick with a stomach virus. Then....

-Blessed by being well enough to go with Keith on our 40th Anniversary trip; where unfortunately I was sick half the time. But, only HALF the time. 

Where am I now? HOME! Yeah, there's nothing like crawling in your own bed. There's nothing like kneeling in my home spot with the Lord to start the day. I apologize that the following is so long, but I've MISSED being with you. :) 

Psalm 89:14-17 touched my heart today as the Spirit applied these verses to my life. Is there anything for you in these verses? Let's break them down. Let’s do more than say, “what beautiful words;” because they hold insight for how to live and where we are to be.

Verse 14a. "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;" What is at the foundation of God’s throne? Righteousness and justice. Where do I want to be? At God’s throne - worshipping Him. If that is the case, then I need to be living rightly; not sinning.

Verse 14b. “Lovingkindness and truth go before You.” The same holds true here. God’s presence is where we find joy. This verse tells me that “lovingkindness” and “truth” surround God. They go where He goes. If I'm not filled with lovingkindness, I’m not walking with God. If there is any deceit or dishonesty in me, I'm not walking with God. If we're out of sorts and unhappy, what is our state of “lovingkindess and truth”?  

Verse 15. “How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance.” This verse is talking about who is blessed and knows joy. The people who are blessed and joyful are walking (in step with) in the light of God’s countenance. They're so close to Him, they see His countenance. And, as they look at His countenance, they see He’s not worried. He’s not fretful. He’s peaceful. And so, they relax. They’re blessed. The joyful sound of His close footsteps beats on their heart. They walk in the light of His countenance rather than let fear, anger, or defeat control them.

Verse 16a. “In Your name they rejoice all the day,” This is easy. What we set our face on is what we reflect. Look in the mirror all day and you see every wrinkle, spot, failing. Look up at Jesus and you see righteousness, hope, and power. It’s our choice upon which we focus all day.

Verse 16b. “And by Your righteousness they are exalted. For You are the glory of their strength. And by Your favor our horn in exalted.” Strength is a beautiful thing. Look at a well toned person and you can’t help but admire the beauty of God’s creation. People are looking for soul strength. Spiritual strength. Emotional strength. It's not found in our humanity, but rather our spiritual oneness with Jesus. It comes from heaven through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Be a demonstration of the glory of God’s strength to someone today. 

WHERE ARE WE IN LIGHT OF PSALM 89:14-17?

Saturday
Jul252015

I Forgot to Rejoice

A few days ago I was feeling STRESSED! Yes,  I had begun my morning in praise and prayer. Yes, I had read my Bible and been blessed and encouraged. But LIFE STILL HAPPENS, doesn't it. And, life can be stressful. Rather, it is stressful. Jesus said, "in the world you HAVE tribulation." Not, "may have" tribulation.  So how do we handle the stress that accompanies tribulation? Christ's remedy is for us to REJOICE. "Rejoice?" we might ask. Are you kidding me? I'm stressed. I want to scream. I want the world to stop and me to jump off. Rejoice? And that's where I was a few days ago. I spelled it out for my sister in a text. "I'm so STRESSED." My phone rang the next instant. Linda didn't say "Hi, honi," like she usually does. There was no small talk. Instead, what fell on my ears were the Scriptures at the end of this post. I encourage you to put your name in the blank and then hear the words as coming straight from Jesus's heart; because He loves you and is there for you in your stressful situations. AFTER you hear His words of comfort, please click HERE and then share this post on facebook or forward it to your friends. If you're watching the videos that follow, it will help to get the word out on PRAYER if you click the "thumbs up" in the upper right portion of the video. The reason I'm asking you to share what's going on with the prayer journal is because God has stirred many people's hearts to become more passionate and purposefully in their prayer lives. Many have order the prayer journal and we're all anxiously awaiting a new shipment of the journals so everyone can begin journaling. The reason I'm asking you to share this post is because many people are feeling stress for lots of different reasons. Please receive the encouragement for yourself; then share the reminder that even even in the midst of stressful times, our Lord is with us, He's on the throne and we can can REJOICE in that.  Now, from God's heart to yours.

Dear __________, Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. ... practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9 

 

Heavenly Father, thank You that we can rejoice in You no matter what is happening. Thank You that You are KING, on the throne, and in control. 

Friday
Jul102015

To You, LORD, I Lift Up My Soul

When we enter our prayer time in the mornings, it's a miraculous experience. Long before man invented the cell phone, God created us with the capacity to commune with Him and He with us. Our spiritual wiring is activitated when we repent and call on the Lord Jesus for salvation. Just like we may receive a credit card in the mail, but have to call the number on the label to "activate" it; so God has reached out to us in Jesus Christ. We need only call on Him. We confess, "JESUS is LORD" and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead. He equips us with the Holy Spirit. THAT'S WHY I'M SO GRATEFUL to be ABLE to LIFT UP MY SOUL to HIM EVERY MORNING.

What I record in my Prayers of My Heart Journal most often begins with PRAISE. For instance, my morning reading of Psalm 50 beginning with verse 1 is, "The Mighty One, God, the LORD, has spoken, and summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting." In the first column of my "Week At A Glance" (labeled LORD), I record Mighty One Who Speaks. I momentarily ignore the columun lines and write across the page, "Speak to our hearts. We listen, respond, and obey." That's a good prayer request, don't you think? And, it was prompted by God's reminder to me of WHO HE IS. I then record specific requests for loved ones, friends, our church, and nation. 

To You, Oh LORD, I lift up my soul. What a blessing to be able to do that every morning. 

Pray with Purpose, Live with Passion TIP: Read a Psalm or Proverb every day. Look for a way in which God reveals Himself. Use your praise of Him as the springboard for your prayers as in the above example. 



Friday
Jul032015

Inspirational!

Prayer journaling, for me, is inspirational!

Why? First of all, prayer is not just about us pouring out our requests to God, but also about God pouring His will into us—what He is doing and accomplishing.

Can you imagine the disciples “telling” Jesus where they were going next on their missionarg journey, how they were going to get there, and who they were going to heal? I

nstead, we find the disciples following Jesus and listening to His instructions.

Yes, at times they questioned Him. “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone You, and You are going there again?” (John 11:8). But then they listened and followed.

Many times I've knelt with my Bible open and my prayer journal in hand, not knowing how or what to pray. But in those times of silence, the Lord directed me even as Romans 8:26 says. In those times, the Holy Spirit brings to mind prayer requests that have direction and insight that I would not have thought of. The joy of being led by God’s Spirit and recording His requests is dynamic and didactic when we kneel with Bible and journal in hand. It's two-way communication with the Father.

On the paper you see only words, but in lives you see change as the dynamic Spirit of God the Father moves on behalf of His children and kingdom. 

Prayers of My Heart prayer journal

Friday
Jun262015

Prayers of My Heart Week at a Glance

 

                                                             Friends, today I'm posting a different post because 
PRAYERS OF MY HEART" hit the #1 BEST SELLER in the category of PRAYER last week on Amazon. I'm THRILLED that YOU have a heart for prayer! Since the "Week at A Glance" section is unique, I want to share with you how I use it. Once you get the hang of it, you'll LOVE opening your journal, seeing the names of those for whom you're praying; and going under their name with your petitions and THANKSGIVING as you see God working in their lives!

1st   Open your journal and fill in the week. Read the Scripture at at the top of the page. Let the encouragement SINK INTO YOUR HEART and MIND. Beside the first row, jot down the date. (This isn't really necessary. It's just a habit I have.)  In the first column write "LORD." (Again, this isn't mandatory. I just love beginning my prayer time by focusing on an attribute of God.) Think through the other people for whom you regularly pray. After years of journaling, I now use initials. K is for my husband Keith. He's in the 2nd column. T & A are for my son and his wife and kids. L & C are for my daughter Lauren, her husband and kids. FAM is for the rest of Keith's and my families. Continuing on the right side of the journal under "Prayers for Others," my columns look like this:

FR (for friends) MIN (for ministry) CH (church) US/US (for the USA & the Unsaved) BK (for books I'm writing/have written) SP ENG (for Speaking Engagements)

The boxes are SMALL. The point of this section is not pouring out your heart in INK. Do that in the "Meditations, Notes, & Prayers" section. The "Week at A Glance" is for you to record the "sound bite" of the prayer on your heart. For instance, I might have on my heart, "Oh, Lord, I'm grieved for our nation. All the killings, our own citizens turning against us; the moral decline. Lord, help us return to You. Convict us. Raise up the church to be a light in our country and world. Let it begin in us and our homes." This is NOT where I record every word of that prayer. Rather, I pray those words, but in the BOX under US/US, I record, "RETURN TO YOU;" a sound bite of the prayer. 

Think of it as you do texting. ASAP - as soon as possible. BFF - best friends forever. It's kind of cool because you may not want someone to pick up your journal and read every word so you can customize abbreviations that you use with God. For instance, (and this may seem a strange example, but unfortunately is one too many women deal with) if your husband beats you, you might record SBM (stop beating me). SBM could also stand for "see beauty more" in the world. So, if your husband, child, or you are "down" all the time, you might record SBM and it mean that in your journal. Inc Hunger could mean "increase humger for You;" meaning you are asking God to increase your appetite for spiritual things. You may at times, record the whole words. "GET JOB." "HEAL." "ANOINT." Your journal is YOURS.

WORD of WARNING. Don't get crazy about filling in every box every day every week. That's the beauty of the column format. You may be interceding for someone and their prayer request be the same for weeks. If you're a mom and trying to get your little one to sleep through the night, your journal may look like this:

EMMA

6/21   Sleep thr nite

6/22   Feel Your Peace

6/23   "     "       "

6/24   Patience w/her

6/25   Smooth bed time

Your columns may be for your most practical every day needs and/or for the most intense spiritual warfare on your heart; such as souls to come to faith in Jesus Christ. Mine is a combination of both. The US/US is where I list the names or initials of those for whom I'm praying to come to faith in Jesus. I record different prayers as God brings them to mind.

US/US  (for our nation and the unsaved)

Hunger for You

Convict of spir need

Use me in conversation

I'll be sharing more about journaling, and am also happy to answer your questions. Simply post them below in the comments section. This is a NEW day of prayer, sweet friends! I'm honored to be sharing it with you.