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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Reflection: Restrain: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection Questions


1.     What do you consider to be the most important work in your life?

2.     How do you define your heart’s work?

3.     What kind of reward do you expect from the Lord?

4.     Are you willing to persevere without seeing the end result? Why or why not?



Monday, September 17, 2018

Restrain: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


Jeremiah 31: 16, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Restrain your voice from weeping, And your eyes from tears; For your work shall be rewarded,’ declares the Lord, ‘And they shall return from the land of the enemy.’”

Shall be rewarded.

Have you ever felt like you are working in a fog, not sure of the reason or the purpose?

When we are uncertain of our direction we can also wonder if we are following the Lord’s plan, or path, or purpose for us. Apathy, indecision, fatigue, and grief sometimes intrude and wear us down even more.

Yet if the Lord has given us a task, a goal, a dream, He will not abandon us. “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (NAS)

When we stray.            

He will bring us back. He will enable us to continue. In His work—in His way.

Lord, please guide our hearts to define our work as led by Your Spirit’s guidance. Then keep us faithful regardless of the obstacles.

Your thoughts,


Friday, September 14, 2018

Bitter Weeping: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


Bitter Weeping


Bitter weeping

lament poured out

must recognize

crashing loss

bear the pain

let heartache shout

melt to prepare

comfort’s restoration

begin to mend

light hope’s candle

move toward faith

continuous journey

bitter weeping

linked in love

marking ongoing cost through

Christ’s mercy.


Romans 8:15, “For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘Abba! Father!’”

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Reflection: Sorrow: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection:

1.     For whom are you weeping? Why do you not have comfort?

2.     In what ways are personal fears blocking you from trusting in God’s hope?

3.     How has the Lord carried you through deep sorrow before? Can you return to that place of comfort?


Monday, September 10, 2018

Sorrow: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry


Jeremiah 31:15, “Thus says the Lord, ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; She refuses to be comforted for her children; Because they are no more.’”

A voice is heard.

Jesus wept over Lazarus. He wept in sorrow over Jerusalem. He wept in the Garden of Gethesmane. Even in the hope He prepared for.

Lamentation. Loss. Need to be acknowledged, including the bitterness, in order to mourn in faith. To shout and scream and cry and stagger at death and disease and brokenness. Not bury.

“A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.” Ecclesiastes 3:4-5 (NASB)

If we cannot weep out our grief we open the door to anger and deceit and condemnation and unforgiveness that causes even more destruction.

Lord, please show us how to mourn in prayer and trust. Show us how to hope through the sorrow of our weeping into Your healing grace.

Your thoughts,


Friday, September 7, 2018

Shall Be Satisfied: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry



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                                   Shall Be Satisfied

                                   
                                    Satisfied

                                    with His goodness

                                    soul truth

                                    not an imitation

                                    seen through our

                                    limited perception or

                                    self-interest but

                                    grounded in His

                                    reality of wholeness

                                    peace beyond measure

                                    possibilities beyond

                                    comprehension.

                                    Sustained truth.


Romans 8:14, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Reflection: Goodness: Grace in the Wilderness: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection:

1.     What is your definition of satisfaction? What does it look like, or feel like, for you personally?

2.     Do you ever struggle with a worry that whatever you do is not satisfying to the Lord?

3.     By what means do you measure either way?

4.     Where have you experienced God’s goodness this week?

5.     How did your outlook change?



 
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