Friday, January 30, 2015

Who You Are to Me

Jesus as my Shepherd, You went and found me and brought me home. You make me lie down in green pastures and restore my soul.

As my Papa, You waited for me to return to You, repentant and begging to be part of Your household again, taking me in Your arms and rejoicing; putting a ring on my finger and a robe of righteousness on me.

As my Friend, You've stuck closer to me than a brother, never leaving my side: You laid Your life down for me and appointed me, called me to produce lasting fruit for Your sake which has been my pleasure.

As my Lord, You let me experience You, not just know about You, and You invite me time and time again to surrender my control to Yours, all knowing, all wise , all deeply good intentioned because You love me deeply.

Your sheltering wings have hovered over me, protecting me more than than I know, and as a hen longs to gather her chicks, You understand how I feel when my chicks are scattered and running from under Your sheltering wings.

Your everlasting arms hold me, especially when my heart is breaking with sorrow. You comfort me with Your tears mingled with my own on my face. You hold me as Your little child and bless me...and I am blessed. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all of my life and happily, joyfully, I look forward to dwelling, abiding, residing with You here and forever, my Beloved, my Liege, my Lord.

I adore You.

lectio divina on Ps 23, Luke 15: 3-7, Matt 6:9, Luke 15: 11-32, Prov 18:24, John 15: 13-15, John 20:26-28, Romans 14:7-9. Ruth 2:12, Matthew 23:37, Deut. 33: 27, Mark 10: 14-16 from Soul at Rest by Tricia McCary Rhodes. pgae 19.   from last years journal 1/30/14

Monday, January 26, 2015

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?


Be a thermostat not a thermometer in your relationship with God.
A thermometer gauges the temperature but goes not further. It is aware but it stays there without change.

A thermostat is aware of the temperature but does something about it. It makes it hotter or colder depending on the setting (goal).

Don't just be aware.... but respond.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

BHAP list

As I was reading through my last years journal, I came across my BHAP. That stands for big, hairy, audacious prayers. I reread my list for 2014 and was excited to see that God answered 13 of my 21 requests this past year. I think that is pretty amazing! The words of Mark Batterson from his book The CircleMaker inspired me to make my BHAP list. I challenge you to pray your big bold prayers for 2015 and see what God will do!

Bold prayers honor God and God honors bold prayers. If your prayers aren't impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? Because they don't require divine intervention. 

Prayers are your prophecies. They are the best predictors of your spiritual future. Who you become is determined by how you pray. Ultimately the transcript of your prayers becomes the script of your life. 

When you feel under-qualified and overwhelmed, that is when God has you right where He wants you. That is how you learn to live in raw dependence, and raw dependence is the raw material of which God performs His greatest miracles.

The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered because they go unasked. If you do pray, you can live in holy anticipation because you never know how or when or where God is going to answer but I promise you this: He will answer. And His answers are not limited by your requests. We pray out of our ignorance, but God answers out of His omniscience. We pray out of our impotence, but God answers out of His omnipotence. God has the ability to answer the prayers we should have prayed but lacked the knowledge or ability to ask.
italics are quotes from Mark Batterson from The CircleMaker