In my own strength

One of my Monday projects.

I know better.

This isn’t the first time.

Prayerfully, it will be one of the last…

Monday, I felt really good and of course I had so much I wanted to do.

There’s a long list of things which all have a deadline, because we are having a yard sale, packing, and moving.

So, I didn’t realize when I began doing things in my own strength.

I can’t look backwards and say, “When I…then I was leaning on myself, not God.”

Rather, it’s all fuzzy and I wish it were a clearer line, but sin has a way of hiding, it masks itself as a “need” or a “must”.

All I do know is my family tried to tell me and I should have listened.

They were very sweet, “Mom, you’re over doing it…”.

They were right.

I was.

I did.

Today, I’m feeling poorly and have to rest.

That’s the consequence when I overdo.

It’s tempting to waste time beating myself up.

I’ll admit, it’s embarrassing as well.

Yet, even in this, I know God can work through it.

I can praise Him.

I can be thankful.

I can learn.

Because, God is able to work in and through my errors.

What a good day for me to meditate upon His Word!

Proverbs 3:5-8 NKJV — Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your patience. Thank You for Your Word. Lord, I am sorry for leaning on my own strength. Lord, I look to You for all the things which need to be completed and I thank You that You are faithful. I know I can rest in You. Lord, I humbly request wisdom for today, so I don’t do anything which would harm myself nor others. Please continue to help me to learn how to live daily leaning upon You alone. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Sorting through

Breakables waiting for the yard sale.

There’s something very healthy about cleaning out and paring down.

It reminds me of thinning a fruit tree.

It’s dangerous for a tree to have too much weight on a limb.

Proper thinning helps the tree bear fruit without damaging it.

As I’ve been thinning out our belongings, it has struck me, it is healthy, both physically and spiritually.

Because with each thing I go through I pray and ask the Lord what His will for that is.

Yesterday, I came across a tote of old decorations.

There were leftover table scarves, glass candle sticks, and pennant banners.

Some from our daughters’ graduation parties, some from their bridal showers, and some from our daughter’s baby shower.

Many memories, but most of the stuff is no longer needed.

Who knows, maybe another family is in need of party decorations.

So, I put those things in the yard sale box with a smile.

At one point in my life letting go of that kind of thing would have been a struggle, but my trust in God has grown.

He’s taught me so much about clinging only to Him.

I’m so thankful.

There’s a beautiful freedom, a lifted burden, when we cling to God and let Him carry everything else.

His Word is truth:

Matthew 11:30 KJV — For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word. Lord, thank You for helping me learn to trust You. Lord, how grateful I am for Your patience with me. I’m a very slow learner, Lord, but I am willing to learn. Thank You for Your faithfulness in all things. Lord Jesus, I so want others to find the truth in Your Word as well. I want others to understand the beautiful blessings of a relationship with You, how real treasure is never stuff. The enduring treasure of salvation and a heart at peace in You is the most valuable thing of all. Lord, please reach those who have yet to know You. Please continue to teach me and other believers what You want us to learn: trust, faith, mercy, grace, and love. Lord, please help us to walk in these things and to grow in understanding of the season we live in. Lord, please guide us in Your truth daily. I love You, Jesus. Amen

Bathed in prayer

Our lives must be bathed in prayer.

It’s the only way I know to walk closely with Jesus rather than following my own desires.

A few months ago, I had a moment in prayer which caused me to feel unsettled.

I felt the Lord was preparing me, that a change was coming.

Later, in a conversation with a neighbor, I began to state something about our future and I felt a check in my heart not to say what I was going to.

It was like the Lord was warning me not to commit to something, because I did not know the future.

Time went on and I still couldn’t figure out what God was telling me, but I started praying for what I should do.

Start packing.

It didn’t really make sense.

I wasn’t sure what God was trying to tell me, but I knew better than to argue or ask “why?!”.

I began seeking God on how and where to begin doing what didn’t make sense.

At least not at the time.

I cleaned out some closets.

Finished up craft projects.

I gave away things.

I reorganized papers and filed stuff I’d put off.

Still praying, throughout for God to help me follow Him.

Then, Handsome and I were talking about the small furniture business we have and we realized we both felt we were supposed to finish up everything we had on hand, empty our storage unit, and close our booth.

It seemed a bit strange, but we began working on furniture like crazy.

God blessed us and Handsome was able to empty the unit before September.

We let the owners of the mall know September would be our last month.

It has only been in the last few weeks God has shown us why.

My husband has recently accepted a new job in a different city.

He wasn’t looking to change jobs.

We weren’t unhappy where we are.

But God brought this job to him.

We bathed it in prayer.

Here we are.

He starts the day after our wedding anniversary, next month!

I’m sure you guessed the rest–we are moving.

Not only has God blessed us with this new position, He’s opened the door for us to buy a house and property.

We will get to live in the country again.

And we are so thankful to God!

Moving is not easy, especially as my health still restricts my actions, but it will be good

We have enjoyed this house.

Our landlord is truly the best.

The neighborhood has been such a joy.

We are so thankful.

God has blessed us abundantly.

I’m humbled by how He has walked us forward into all these things.

I’m thankful for the way He has guided us.

I’m continuing to bathe it all in prayer.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit which guides and directs us, speaking through Your Word. Lord, please continue to keep our feet planted firmly upon Your paths. Help us, each one, to walk in ways that are honorable before You. Lord, as we prepare for this move, please help us to keep in mind all these things are Yours and we want to be good stewards of them. Lord, please help us to be wise and kind as we deal with all the change. Lord, please go before us and prepare the way. Thank You. I know You already have and Your salvation is all we truly need. I love You, Lord. Amen.

September 11

Today’s prayer:

Isaiah 26:3 KJV — Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your sacrifice which paid the price for sin. Thank You that it is through Your example we see what love truly is: John 15:13 KJV “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Lord Jesus, it is because of You we have hope. Lord, as I pause and remember the tragedy of 911, I thank You that we have hope. That our hearts, although grieved, deeply grieved by the attacks, can look to You and find a much bigger picture than what seemed such a senseless act of brutality. It’s the same act we are seeing today around the world. People killing, abusing, and hurting other people. It’s Cain and Able all over again, Lord. Thank You for saving us from this horrible cycle of mankind hurting mankind. Instead, You taught us to love one another, to pray for one another, to do good to our enemies, to live righteously before You and to be wise. You told us to abhor evil and cling to what is good. Lord, when we do not follow these things, when we turn our backs upon Your truth, the consequences are severe: pain, death, tragedy, and it is all because of sin and the enemy of our souls. Lord, please help us to remember that we do not fight against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, there is a host of demons and they’re out to destroy us. Lord, please help us to choose to live with integrity, honor, loyalty, joy, peace, patience, forgiveness, and love. Lord, help us to look for opportunities to reach out to the hurting, the sick, the abused. Lord, please draw up an army of people who will pray. Lord, please raise up a group of people who will walk as Your twelve disciples did in the generation that condemned You to death. Surely, there was no darker time than when Your own creation chose to crucify You instead of follow You. If those men could live righteously in that day, we can in this. Thank You that we need fear neither man nor demons nor even death, because You died and rose again. You paid the price once and for all. What glorious salvation! What joy! What wonderful hope!Lord Jesus, thank You for Your faithfulness, Your mercy, truth, grace, goodness, Your great salvation! May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of You! Amen.

September 10

Today’s prayer:

Habakkuk 2:4 KJV — Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Please Lord, help me to follow this example. Lord, help my heart to realize what it is to live by faith. To be justified before You due to Your sacrifice and to live in complete surrender to Your will, Your Word is what I want to walk in daily. Lord, sometimes I don’t know what that looks like in my daily tasks. Sometimes, I’m lost as to how to apply trusting You in a particular circumstance. Lord, please teach my heart through Your Word how to live by faith. Please show me when I’ve chosen worry over trust, that I might repent and turn away from that. Lord, please keep me from the folly of leaning on my own understanding. In all my ways I want to acknowledge You. For You alone are God, there is none besides You. Lord Jesus, please help the helpless. Lift up the needy, the hurt, the sick, and the abused. Lord, be their defender and their Savior. Let them put off fear of man and put on faith in You. Lord, You alone know what is best and I know we can all cling to You each day and find all our soul’s need. Thank You Jesus. Amen.

September 9

Today’s prayer:

Psalm 120:1 KJV — A Song of degrees. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your love, mercy, and faithfulness. Lord Jesus, thank You that we can call upon You. You not only hear, but You respond. Lord, help me to be like You. To not only hear others, but to respond. Lord, as we walk through this season, please continue to touch the hurting, the lost, the captive. Please place Your hand upon the innocent and the helpless. Please stir up those who are able to act upon other’s behalf. Lord, remind us to pray, to seek You, to be in Your Word daily. Lord, for those in places of authority, I humbly request that they be people of integrity, honor, and dignity. That they would do what is right and not deny Your name. That they would be changed from lovers of themselves to lovers of You. Please help those who are doing all they are able to stand in righteousness and are under attack for it. Thank You, Jesus. May Your name be praised throughout our lives, in word and deed. Amen.

September 8

Today’s prayer:

2 Samuel 22:31 KJV — As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for truth. Your Word is truth and we can place our trust in You at all times. Lord Jesus, I look to You in these troubled times and I praise You for Your mercy. Lord, please let those who know You lean not on their own understanding. Help us to walk in humility and wisdom, listening for Your still small voice. Lord, I think of Elijah and how You met him in the wilderness and supplied all his needs. Lord, help us not to look to government nor jobs nor possessions, but only to You. Lord, please feed the hungry, help the helpless, supply all that is lacking, and save the lost. Lord, please help truth be seen and recognized, even if it is despised. Let it be obvious to the world that wickedness is to be abhorred. Lord, please help us to cling to what is good and praise You through all things, for naked we are born and naked we die. Blessed is the name of the Lord! Amen.

September 7

Today’s prayer:

Jeremiah 10:23 NKJV — O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your faithfulness! Thank You for salvation. Lord, if only we could live with the knowledge that it is not in us to direct our own steps. But humility does not come naturally. Lord, please help us to be humble before You, understanding this truth. You created us. You know how You made us. We need You in every part of our lives. Lord, please direct us in Your ways. Lord, please help us to live with understanding, humility, and wisdom. Lord, please help us to see from Your perspective, that our eyes might be fixed on You. Lord, please help us not to be caught up in strife, but to live in peace, secure in Your salvation. Lord, please let us not hold tightly to the things of this world, but instead hold tightly to You and Your Word. Lord Jesus, I love You and I lift up those who are hurting, experiencing terrible tragedies and loss. Lord, for the sick, the helpless, those who are without hope, please touch them where they are. Please supply all they need and shine Your truth into their lives. For You alone are God. There is none like You, Maker of Heaven and Earth! Amen.

September 6

Today’s prayer:

Nehemiah 9:6 NKJV — You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, The heaven of heavens, with all their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, And You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.

Dear Lord Jesus,
How great and merciful You are! Your wonders never cease. Your love is incredible. Lord, thank You so much for Your provision and faithfulness. We are Yours, You made us and saved us. Please continue to reach those in need, to help the helpless. Lord, please continue to shine Your light into this dark world. Father, we know, nothing is hidden from You, please help us learn to trust You like never before. Lord, please help us to live in Your wisdom, redeeming the time, for the days are evil. Thank You so much for all Your wonderous works! May we learn from Job to praise You in every circumstance. I love You, Lord. Amen.

September 5

Today’s prayer:

8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: For thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8 KJV

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Lord, thank You for using this verse in my life today. Thank You for preparing the way before us, as Your Word says. Lord, I know our circumstances on earth will not always be safe, but as long as our soul is redeemed by Your sacrifice we are safe. Lord, for the many people who are suffering today, I humbly request You meet them where they are, that You will shine Your truth into whatever darkness they may be struggling with. Lord, thank You that we can rest in You and Your truth. For what can man do to those whose soul is safe with You? I praise You, Lord Jesus! Amen.