Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Psalms 86:3-5 KJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for life, love, and truth. Lord Jesus, You know the cries of my heart. You know the joys and sorrows of this life. You understand all the inner workings of all that is happening, far better than I. Lord Jesus, I trust You. I wait upon You with open hands. Take what You will and give what is best. Let my life be a service unto You and please place in me Your Word. Lord, please let our lives bring glory to Your name. Lord, I lift up those in need. That the widow, the fatherless, the weak, the sick, hurting, the lost, and the forgotten will be touched by Your Word, Your love, Your truth. Lord, please break in pieces the lies, deception, and abuse. Let those who fear You, purify their ways and live devotedly to You alone. Please begin with me and my family. Please help us to be Your servants, looking for nothing more than service to You each day. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your truth. In Your precious name I humbly ask these things. Amen.
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for truth. Lord, I never want to be ashamed of You, nor do I want You to be ashamed of me. Lord, I want to live as losing this life and gaining eternal life with You in heaven. Lord Jesus, it is not easy to understand how to handle each circumstance, but I thank You for showing me the way. Thank You for always being faithful and walking with me through it all. Thank You for shining Your light of truth into my life. Lord, not my will be done, but Thine. Teach me what Your plans are for today and help me not grow too eager to look into tomorrow, for each day has enough trouble of it’s own. Thank You for always being my safety and refuge in times of trouble. Lord, please help me to trust You with everything today. Thank You for Your unending love. Amen.
Praise and thanksgiving for all God has done which my sleepy mind can grasp.
Then, as I listen to my husband getting ready for work, or on days when he gets to sleep in (rare indeed), my heart begins to lift him up.
Prayer for his heart and mind. Covering his day and his seasons. Lifting up his physical body and asking for strength and ability.
Since we were newly married I’ve prayed for him to be like Joseph.
“And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.” Genesis 39:3 NKJV
Lately, I’ve added to my prayers for him that God would bring about in him the traits of a Patriarch. A man who leads his whole family (wife, children, grandchildren) in the ways of the LORD.
Men like Job and Abraham.
Often my physical needs require attention by this time, but my prayers continue as I take care of my needs.
Each of our children, including our son-in-law are in my prayers.
Daily, I lift each one before the Lord and ask Him to bless them with a relationship with Him which will bud and blossom into traits of the people of God.
Often, the Lord brings specific scripture to mind and I pray that over the individual.
Then the Lord brings dear people to my heart and I begin to pray for them, however I feel God is calling me to.
After all this, I often begin my day.
Depending on what is on my calendar as well as what time it is, I make plans for my next steps.
One of my regular daily living habits is to ask God what I’m wearing.
This might sound strange, but getting dressed used to cost me so much time.
I’d try things on and then change my mind. My emotions getting more and more anxious.
Years ago when I was running very late for getting to the Academy I stood in front of my closest with a feeling of desperation.
Things couldn’t go worse so I figured “why not?”. I took a deep breath and asked. “God, what do You want me to wear today?”
I was stunned at the instant response.
It didn’t take me even five minutes to get dressed and I was ready for my day.
I’ve never gone back to the old way.
Each day I ask the Lord what I’m wearing and every day it’s a joy.
The conversation I begin when first awake goes on throughout the day.
Whether I’m at the doctor’s office or teaching our children or blogging, I am speaking with the Lord or listening for His voice or singing a praise song to Him.
Most of the time my words are internal.
However, my family has gotten used to me and when I forget and actually speak aloud to Jesus they normally just smile.
Daily living with Jesus means I often have to surrender my own ideas about life.
At times it’s my schedule.
Other days it’s my physical abilities.
Many times it’s my concerns over the future.
Yet, it’s a daily life of living for Jesus.
I’m certain the disciples didn’t know the schedule for each week.
They simply lived with Jesus and did the task at hand.
Although our culture is time and schedule oriented, I feel called to surrender those things into the hands of Jesus.
Yes, it’s important I show up for appointments on time, pay bills, and stick to the curriculum so we complete all the requirements.
No, I’m not a machine and I’m not in control. If life brings something unexpected my first duty is to follow Jesus and handle each circumstance as He requests.
Sometimes that means an extra five minutes listening to a stranger.
Other times it means speaking with a family member or dealing with a heart issue.
Sometimes it means asking for help and admitting my limitations.
Daily life has changed for us so many times and in so many ways.
Yet, the one thing which has carried me through each transition is my daily walk with Jesus.
Dear Reader, I’ll be honest. This transparency into my every day is out of obedience. In no way do I feel my walk with Jesus to be the only way to walk nor am I the person who “has it all together”. If anything it’s far from that.
I understand each person’s walk is unique and therefore none look exactly alike. But I am certain we can encourage one another in sharing how Jesus walks with us as individuals.
I pray my transparency will bless and encourage you.
And I’d love to hear from you. What does your day with Jesus look like?