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Friday, August 7, 2020

Gift: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry


                                                Ability a blessing

                                                opportunity to learn

                                                to grow to share

                                                gifted by the Spirit.

                                                Until it becomes

                                                our comfort our purpose

                                                our safety net.

                                                Ability a gift

                                                meant to be given

                                                under the Lord’s power

                                                His call for each to serve.

Psalm 18:31, “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?”

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Reflection: Ability: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1. How would you define human confidence versus Spirit led confidence?

2. What part of your confidence, in success or ability, do you have the most difficulty letting go of as a possession? Why?

3. What relief do we gain when we surrender all our confidence to the Holy Spirit?

Share: What word or memory do you keep as a reminder?

Monday, August 3, 2020

Ability: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Philippians 3: 3-4, “For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:”


Have you experienced, even in times of the least possible confidence in ourselves, that there are one or two places where we might boast if we had the courage? Especially if there are only one or two to boast about.

We will cling to them for self-affirmation. And in some ways that is okay, especially when others bully, or we need a safe hope in a frightening relationship.

But not when we then begin to refuse to let it go completely and instead put all our faith in the Lord. To let go and trust only in His Spirit to guide through His confidence

Lord, please continue to show us how to keep moving forward—to hold onto faith in You—and to worship with a whole heart.

Your thoughts,

Friday, July 31, 2020

See: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry


                                                To look only through

                                                our eyes can overwhelm

                                                at the day ahead

                                                feel burdened or tired

                                                before it begins

                                                gathers frustration

                                                as more is added.

                                                To look through Spirit’s view

                                                our hearts see

                                                a different perspective

                                                from calm and hope

                                                become strong in challenge

                                                grace carries us

                                                as His words take root.

Psalm 18:30, “As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.”

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Reflection: Recognize: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1. What view gives you sight to rejoice in the Lord on the most difficult days?

2. How do you recognize when the darkness is seeping into your heart, pushing out trust?

3. How can we build words of foundation to repell the worry and weight of lies?

4. What focus helps you see with clarity?

Share: What word or hymn gave you trust most recently?

Monday, July 27, 2020

Recognize: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Philippians 3:1-2, “Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Look out for the dogs, look out for the evil doers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.”


How often do we not look out for, or recognize, the subtle evils—the ones that appear harmless yet can eat into our soul?

Then they whittle away at our gift to rejoice in the Lord, without our even realizing it until the darkness begins to take over.

Yet if we remember to look out through the Lord, He will enable us to step out into each day, each new possibility, with thanksgiving and hope and courage; instead of focusing on the weight ahead of us.

Lord, please strenthen us to keep our eyes, our hearts, and our words, centered on You.

Your thoughts,

Friday, July 24, 2020

Anxious: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry


                                                Anxiety a reality

                                                not to be accepted

                                                or ignored

                                                but recognize

                                                in order to break

                                                its hold.

                                                And step out in

trust knowing the

Lord will give us


Action opens

insight to next

steps one by one

to leap over walls

by His power.

Psalm 18: 29, “For by Thee I can run upon a troop; And by my God I can leap over a wall.”
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