musings of a hopefilled soul

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To Truly Live….

 

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Lord I surrender anew to you, All the recesses of my heart.

I surrender my life, my passions, my all.

Forgive me for living for my own comfort and desires when there are souls who still need to hear that you love them so much that you died to save them from eternal punishment.

Forgive me for not realizing all of my blessings when there are those dying  for lack of food and water!

Forgive me for not seeing beyond myself and for not extending mercy and urgency to the needs of others.

Forgive me for living small when you are a big God able to do big things.

Forgive me for not living passionately for you for because of this the, gospel, to others appears watered down and weak.

Help me to be willing to be all in.  To remember that our sole purpose on this earth is to bring glory to you and to do your will.

Forgive me for forgetting that this earth is just a momentary stop in time all for  the greater cause of reaching others. That they might be rescued from dominion of darkness.

Help me to remember how lost and helpless I was in sin and how miraculous it is that you saved me.  Help me to stand in awe of this and your great love.  Let your passion radiate from my life and touch the lives of others.

Help  me to step out in faith when fear raises its ugly head.  For my greatest fear is that I might have lived and impacted no one for your kingdom.  That I might have caved in to what is easy rather than to surrender to your will and way for my life. That I might never have realized the peace and joy and fulfillment that comes from casting all else aside for your purpose and for your cause.

Oh Lord don’t let me fail to see that the really important things in life  are not things at all.  Help me to see that we are loosing a generation who are seeking a cause worthy of offering their very life, if necessary.  Have I made it seem that our faith requires nothing other than an hour on Sunday, IF I can find the time? Have I made the cost of surrender to you seem cheap and therefore, a relationship with you, of little value?

Oh Lord forgive me! Forgive me! Forgive me!  Use me for your purposes and your glory! Pour me out for the cause of Christ!!  Open my eyes to see needs you desire for me to meet through you.  Don’t let me leave this earth without fulfilling the real purpose for which we all live.

Amen

 

A Prayer For Guidance

Lord, take me where you want me to go;
Let me meet who you want me to meet;
Tell me what you want me to say,
and keep me out of your way.

—Rev. Mychal Judge, FDNY chaplain and the first official casualty on 9/11

(From our church newsletter)

“Come To Jesus”

This past week, I attended the funeral of a friend of ours who lost his battle with cancer. He was a good and godly man and I was sad even as I celebrated the goodness of God in granting him a long life.

Gospel music speaks volumes to me and moves me in powerful ways.  I have heard this song before but it was so appropriate for this celebration of life and I was transfixed by the message in the words.  The song is called “Come to Jesus.” God has us covered even beyond our final breath.  Praise his name!!!

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The Secret Pearl

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I love flip calendars with Bible verses and inspirational sayings.  Often I find they are just what I need on any given day.  Many times I find them appropriate to share with others who are encountering difficulties in life.

My new flip calendar is called “God Calling, Expanded Edition.” This morning I found myself running a few days behind and came across a scripture and a thought, I would like to share with all of you.

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

Each word or thought of yours can be like a pearl that you drop into the secret place of another heart, and in some hour of need, lo! the recipient finds the treasure and realizes for the first time its value.

Praying the thoughts and words we share, have a moment in time to speak to someone in the midst of troubles, when nothing else can be heard!

The Struggle

I despised seeing nighttime arrive

The daytime hours provided distraction from my worries

….at least for a while

But nighttime was too quiet,

Too quiet to sleep.

It all rolled around in my head over and over again.

The problems seemed enormous.

It was almost physically painful

I wanted to be able to do more… to fix it

….But I’m not God

So I tried to leave it with Him

To “cast all my cares upon Him” as He asks

But somehow I kept feeding my worries

And owning them again, and again…

Without really being aware of my action.

Desperately I needed relief,

The mental anguish was

Greater than any I had experienced.

It drove me to my knees

And prostrated me before my Lord

Once again I cried out for relief

…for the answer……

“I am the One who spoke this world into existence

I can do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond

All you can ask or think.”

“Remind yourself of who your God is and the power

He has in merely a spoken word.”

“Lift your voice and heart and offer the sacrifice of praise

For I inhabit the praises of my people.

The chains will fall off and you will be free.

Free of the worry…free to trust me with your concerns.

Peace will rest on you and you will sleep.

Remember my mercy and my compassion to you.”

…………………………..

So praise, I offered to my loving Lord

Committing it all to him as an offering,

Rising above feelings… to obedience to Almighty God.

And wouldn’t you know… He was faithful!

In exchange for anxiety I received peace.

Confidence flooded my soul.

I didn’t have the answer

But God did!

I couldn’t see what He was doing,

But I knew He was at work

My concerns no longer held me captive!

And so I believe…

God is who He says He is

and He can do what He says He can do!

He is handling all that is of concern to me.

And there is rest for my weary, exhausted soul.

I wrote this in response to the days I experienced about a week ago when concerns seemed greater than any solution.  Thank God, He comes through for us if we continue to praise Him and trust that He loves us beyond measure!!

Lynn Radke October 24,2012