Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pray with an Alert Mind

Romans 12:2
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.
Romans 12:2

Lamentations 3:37
Can anything happen without the Lord's permission?
Lamentations 3:37

Micah 6:8
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

Colossians 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.

Lord, you know that I struggle with this. When I pray my mind seems to wander all over the place. I do have a "want to" which I know you can use. Maybe journaling is the solution. Writing down my prayers seems to help me to stay more focused. I think I need to be making sure that I am journaling daily. I have become rather lax about it of late. I think I need a separate prayer journal that doesn't get published. That way I can be more open and honest about my thoughts. What do you think about that Lord? Or do I just need to utilize this one more fully? Thank you for showing me this need and giving me a solution. Please help me as I figure out how to put this into practice. I love you Jesus! In your name I pray, Amen.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Keeping My Head in the Clouds

Romans 12:2
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.
Romans 12:2

Lamentations 3:37
Can anything happen without the Lord's permission?
Lamentations 3:37

Micah 6:8
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

Colossians 3:1-4
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

Lord, it's so cool that we were talking about keeping our thoughts on heaven just last night. Then this morning these are the verses I was assigned to read. You are so amazing Lord! I love how you work these things out. I love how you speak to me through your Word. 

It's also cool how you call it "the realities of heaven". We tend to think of heaven as something yet to be...not quite real yet. But it is already real and we will get to live there for all eternity if we know and follow you! Please help me to think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. In Jesus Name, Amen

Friday, February 20, 2015

It All Starts in the Mind

This week's memory verses:

Romans 12:2
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.
Romans 12:2

Lamentations 3:37
Can anything happen without the Lord's permission?
Lamentations 3:37

James 1:14-15
Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

Lord, I thank you for verses like this that expose the source of temptation. It all starts in the mind. Satan likes to use temptation to fascinate and then assassinate! Lord, I can't battle temptation on my own. I need you to change my mind - the way I think - according to your truth, then right behavior will follow. Please show me when I'm listening to any other voice besides yours. I want to only do what you want me to do. 

Lord, I want to saturate myself with your Word! I want to read and memorize and think on it to the point that it leaks out of me and encourages others! Not only will it encourage others, but it will change me. It will transform me into a new person. It will change the way I think. It will allow me to live the way you want me to and have victory over sin.

Lord, I praise you for giving us your Word!! I praise you for how you are helping me to memorize my verses. Please help me to continue to be disciplined in this practice. I love you SO much!! In Jesus' Powerful Name I pray. Amen!

Romans 12:2
Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ephesians 5:15-17

This week's memory verses:

Romans 8:12-14
So, dear brothers and sisters you have no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit, you turn from it and its evil deeds, you will live. For all who are let by the Spirit of God are children of God.
Romans 8:12-14

Isaiah 1:18
"Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool."
Isaiah 1:18 (NASB)


So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don't act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
Ephesians 5:15-17

Lord, please help me to be careful how I live. Help me to live like those who are wise. Show me how to make the most of each and every opportunity because these are evil days. Train me to not act thoughtlessly, but to understand what you want me to do.
In Jesus' Name,
Amen

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Where do I Fit in?

This week's memory verses:

Romans 8:12-14
So, dear brothers and sisters you have no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit, you turn from it and its evil deeds, you will live. For all who are let by the Spirit of God are children of God.
Romans 8:12-14

Isaiah 1:18
"Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool."
Isaiah 1:18 (NASB)

Ephesians 4

He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Ephesians 4:16

Lord, since we stopped working in the Resource Room I'm kind of feeling like maybe that season of service is over for us. Are we to just rest for a time, or is there another place that you want us to plug into? Do you want us to continue to serve as a couple or do you have separate areas of service in mind for us?

I thank you for putting us into such a wonderful family of believers. I'm so blessed to be a part of this church. I pray that you would bless Pastor Danny. Please help his leg to heal from his injury. I pray that you would speak to him from your word so that he can teach us. I pray that you would give us the body ears to hear what you give Danny to teach us. 

In Jesus' Name,
Amen

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lord, I am Coming!

This week's memory verses:

Romans 8:12-14
So, dear brothers and sisters you have no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit, you turn from it and its evil deeds, you will live. For all who are let by the Spirit of God are children of God.
Romans 8:12-14

Isaiah 1:18
"Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool."
Isaiah 1:18 (NASB)

Psalm 42

As the deer longs for springs of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?
Psalm 42:1-2

Lord, my soul praises you! Because of what Jesus did on the cross I get to come to you anytime and all the time.

My heart has heard you say, "Come and talk with me." and my heart responds, "Lord, I am coming."
Psalm 27:8

I'm so glad that I get to have a relationship with the living God! You interact with me when I make a habit of talking to you. When all I did was read my Bible so I could check it off my schedule and "played" Christian, my soul missed out on meeting with the living God. It was a one way relationship where I was doing pretty much all of the talking but I rarely stopped to hear what you had to say.

Lord, truly nothing in this world can satisfy the longings, deep thirsts and cravings of my soul. You are the only one who can do that. Spending time in your presence either alone or with one or two or a whole group of other believers is better than the most fun or relaxing earthly experience I can think of. I always come away refreshed, refocused and ready to again face the world with you leading and guiding me.

I thank you, Lord, for what you are teaching me. Please continue to show me how to live this life you have given me! I belong to you, Jesus Christ, body, mind and soul!
Amen

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Come and Talk With Me

This week's memory verses:
Psalm 27:8
My heart has heard You say, "Come and talk with Me," and my heart responds, "Lord, I am coming."
Psalm 27:8

Psalm 77:1
I cry out to God without holding back.
Psalm 77:1

The one thing I ask of the LORD -- the thing I seek most -- is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD's perfections and meditating in his Temple.
Psalm 27:4

Lord, I want to live in your house (your presence) all the days of my life. I want to delight in your perfections and meditate in your Temple. Lord, I am your Temple. I can delight in your perfections and meditate in your Temple by memorizing your Word and thinking about it.

Lord, I also want to learn how to do temple maintenance rather than baggage maintenance. Help me learn to come to you and tell you everything I am feeling instead of holding it in and stuffing it down. Or even worse, running to tell a friend or posting it on Facebook.

Lord, you want me to share ALL my feelings with you, the good, the bad and the ugly, just as I would with a trusted friend. Indeed, YOU are my most trusted friend!! You will never leave me or share any of my secrets. You can't be infected by my ugly attitudes and thoughts about other people the way a human can. You want to help me get all that disgusting nastiness out so that I can be free. I praise you for that!

My heart has heard you say, "Come and talk with me." My heart responds, "Lord, I am coming."
Psalm 27:8