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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Reflection: Chosen: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1.     In what ways do you feel your birth family has abandoned you or forgotten you?

2.     Do you expect the same attention from God?

3.     In what ways have you been “adopted” by friends or a church family?

4.     Does the experience of chosen love change your heart’s sense of belonging? How?

Share: What is one word you’d like to be able to give to another in your situation?


Monday, December 11, 2017

Chosen: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Romans 8: 15

“For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry “Abba Father!”

To adopt is a choice. It is a chosen love filled with mercy and compassion and joy. And responsibility.

Sometimes it seems foreign to our own hearts and we struggle to understand the choice and commitment and recognize that we are the recipients of this grace—this mercy that in the Lord’s hands is never undone.

His adoption of each of us goes far beyond the legalities and formalities. He chooses the intimate word Abba—Daddy to express how deeply committed He is to His children.  Involved—Interested—Invested—Immanuel. God with us.

“By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.” 1 John 4:13

Once His we are never abandoned by Him. Even when we run away.

Thank you Lord for Your steadfast love for us in all circumstances. Please remove our fears in our failures that put up barriers and emotionally pull us away. Help us to keep our hearts abiding in You as You abide in us.

Psalm of Worship: Proverbs 8:14

“I have good advice and sound wisdom; I have insight, I have strength.”

Friday, December 8, 2017

Trust: Listen: Prayers and Poetry


                        To whom do we listen

                        when selfishness

                        arrogance lures

                        before us?

                        Whispers lies into our hearing

                        that we long to comply

                        or resist in trust waiting

                        for Spirit’s clear voice.

                        Wisdom pierces sabotage

                        faithful protection

                        we learn to follow

                        trust like a child.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Reflection: Led: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1.     Do you see yourself as under God’s protective care?

2.     What positive or negative feelings do you need to identify?

3.     How does our emotional history keep us from allowing His voice to lead us?

4.     In what area of your life do you find it most difficult to trust with a whole heart?

Share: What word has given you a new perspective this week?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Led: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reading: Romans 8:14

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”

There is no shortage of opinion and advice open to us in today’s culture. Especially with social media. Perfect strangers have no hesitation voicing their thoughts and we have no idea what is true or false.

Then we add in all the voices of those we know personally and trust, but among them may come a wide variety of advice as well.

Next we examine our own desires and try to weed out which are healthy aims and which are dangerous to us personally. Plus we each have a strong inner resistance to being told what to do based on personal history. Especially if we have experienced neglectful or rigid authority with parents or family or churches.

Being led can sound passive or manipulative. We become distracted and confused and wary. The protective instinct is a healthy first reaction. Except when our experiences keep us separated from understanding or recognizing God’s unique care for each of us.

Oswald Chambers says, “The Holy Spirit can anoint our spiritual eyes with salve.”

Our Lord hears our hearts. He knows our fears. He alone can fully assess our strengths and weaknesses. He will never leave us or forsake us. To Him each one of us is His precious child.

So beyond our comprehension and experience even in the very best of relationships.

Yet, when we begin to listen in stillness the confusion and distractions and fears become clearer and smaller. We can begin to push back the false and see priorities and choices and desires from a grace-filled love. And become led in hope.

Thank you, Lord, for Your healing leadership that opens our days into new perspectives.  Thank you for giving us the gift to trust Your protection to led us.

Psalm of Worship: Proverbs 8:13

“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.”

Friday, December 1, 2017

Ask: Listen: Prayers and Poetry


                        So many pursuits

                        offer challenge


                        fresh perspective

                        yet end in emptiness.

                        If heart does not first

                        inspire by Spirit’s nudge

                        then even good is can become waste.

                        Wisdom and prudence

                        offer discernment

                        if we would take the

                        time to ask.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Reflection: Pursuit: Listen: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1.     What is the difference between wasted time and solitary time?

2.     How easy is it for you to recognize?

3.     What activity drains your heart and leaves you empty afterwards?

4.     What is a specific soul-filling time for you?

Share: How do you apply that peace practically?

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