Weekly Prayer: September 8th, 2019

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The shadows surround me,

The dark winds circle,

And yet…

 

The enemy entrenches around me,

Their weapons are drawn against,

And yet…

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Weekly Prayer: August 11th, 2019

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I came down to the river for a drink,

Only to find the banks were dry.

I came down to the river for life,

Only to see death’s fingerprints.

I came down to the river for love,

Only to find my empty heart.

 

Oh, Lord, hear the cries

Of your people by the river. Continue reading “Weekly Prayer: August 11th, 2019”

Weekly Prayer: July 28th, 2019

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How close you are to the broken.

How near you are to the lonely.

How present you are to those who are lost.

How real you are to those who question.

 

The way that you move God,

The methods that you employ,

The tactics and plans that you have,

Are strange and most bizarre.

 

To be close to those undeserving,

To be near the unpopular,

To be most present to those that are not on the path,

To be most real to those that are not sure…

 

Why do you act this way, God?

Why do you live like this?

Why do you throw yourself at the least?

Why do you toss your love around without care?

 

But it isn’t without care,

For that is all that you are.

Care, concern, love in all of its labels.

You are and show it relentlessly.

 

To those that think they deserve so much,

To those who are keenly aware of their worth,

To those without a clue,

You love.

 

The way that you move God,

The methods that you employ,

Are strange and most bizarre,

Yet I will marvel at this grace.

 

How close you are to the broken.

How near you are to the lonely.

How present you are to those who are lost.

How real you are to those who question.

 


This prayer first appeared on Christian Thought Sandbox.

What I Read This Week (07.27.19)

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Every week, I share the articles and posts I enjoyed, the ones that made me think, the few that reminded me of the truths of Scripture. I hope you enjoy the posts that I read over the last seven days and are encouraged by them too.

Visioning as a Couple: Living Out Your Purpose as a Family

There is something to be said for knowing what you are living towards. We talk about it when it comes to business, our personal lives, but why not with our family? We have the chance to shape our relationships, with our spouse and children. We need to take that seriously.

 

Confession ≠ Repentance

To confess your sin is not the same as repenting of your sin. We need to be reminded of the difference. Continue reading “What I Read This Week (07.27.19)”

Weekly Prayer: July 14th, 2019

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We stand before you, Lord…

Not as a people that are worthy of you, of your great love, or of your infinite mercy.

We stand before you as broken, sinful, wretched people; stained by the tar of sin, scattered by our selfish desires, unholy by our rout rejection of you.

And we say, Thank you.

While we are these things, you look down on us and smile. You look down on us, as we are, and still love us. You still forgive us. You still continually show us the mercy of your heart, day after day. Night after night.

The daily waves of love and mercy do not stop. They are not dwarfed by what we have done or doing. They are not made any less by our sin but appear all the more majestic and magnificent.

God, as we move through this day, as we go about our week, remind of us this.

That your love and mercy know no bounds, no barrier or blockade. That nothing will stop you from being good to us, even when we are anything but.

May we not abuse or take advantage of your goodness, Lord, but may we see these gifts for what they are and be drawn back to you each time.

Thank you, Lord.

Thank you.

We pray in Jesus’ name,

Amen.

 


This prayer first appeared on Christian Thought Sandbox.

What I Read This Week (07.13.19)

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Every week, I share the articles and posts I enjoyed, the ones that made me think, the few that reminded me of the truths of Scripture. I hope you enjoy the posts that I read over the last seven days and are encouraged by them too.

 

8 Things I Wish Jesus Had Never Said

Jesus said some nice things, things that I like. Things I accept. Things I want to see happen in this broken world. Then there are things that I wish Jesus hadn’t said, because what He said demands something of me. Something that I might not be willing to do. Something I might not be willing to be. Something I might not be willing to endure.

 

There Is More Than One Religious View On Abortion

When people talk about abortions, whether or not it is right or legal, the term “religious community” gets thrown around. But what religious community is that? You may think that all faith groups fall on the same side of the abortion argument, but that isn’t the case.

I am not saying that I agree with these arguments or ideas, but I find it interesting to discover how other people of faith are working out this nuanced issue.

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Weekly Prayer: May 26th, 2019

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Sometimes I don’t have words to pray. Sometimes I am so absolutely floored at God, at what he has done for me and my family,…I just can’t say anything.

I’m overwhelmed by awe and gratitude. I am at such a loss for words and actions, I just sit in silence. Continue reading “Weekly Prayer: May 26th, 2019”