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Friday, March 27, 2020

Faith: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry



                                                Faith


                                                We look often to the light

                                                the joy of relationship

                                                in faith.

                                               
                                                Walk with hope and eagerness.


                                                Yet many find themselves

                                                locked in dungeons and still

                                                in faith.


                                                Yield to truth and conviction.


Psalm 18:12: “From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds, Hailstones and coals of fire.”

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Reflection: Conviction: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection Questions


1.In what ways have you found hope from the Lord in difficult situations?

2.How do you find the strength and courage to stay when flight is possible?

3.What word did the Lord give you to sustain you moment by moment?

Share: Are you facing a dungeon now? What is different in your faith?


Monday, March 23, 2020

Conviction: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry


Philippians 1:25-26, “Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.”

Conviction

It can be really hard to continue in a place that we don’t want to be, or be sent to, without understanding the reason or purpose.

Yet, Paul makes the point that it is not relevant.  As long as we are with the Lord, anywhere can bring progress and joy in our faith. Because of His ongoing committed presence. Not only day-by-day but also moment-by-moment.

Lord, please help us to live into each day in gratitude to be able to be with You, and to trust Your Spirit to guide us both within and without.

Your thoughts,


Friday, March 20, 2020

Focus: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry



                                                Focus


                                                The day’s schedule

                                                ahead heavy with

                                                commitment may not

                                                be the one chosen

                                                by the Lord.


                                                The Spirit waits

                                                always ready to give guidance

                                                carrying the weight with

                                                blessings seen and unseen

                                                by the Lord’s grace.

Psalm 18:11: “He made darkness His hiding place, His canopy around Him; Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Reflection: Plan: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry



Reflection Questions


1. Our human view of death is very different from Paul’s. How much are we affected by either focus?

2. What for you is most necessary in your life? Why?

3. In what ways can your purpose lean more into the Lord’s priority?

4. Ask the Holy Spirit for insight today to change or confirm your primary choices.

Share: Does the choice relieve tension for you or add new concerns? Why?



Monday, March 16, 2020

Plan: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry


Philippians 1:23-24, “I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.”

Plan

It is difficult to even think of the pull that exists between departing to Christ and leaving behind beloved family and friends. And Paul is struggling to leave complete strangers in case they do not hear of the Lord’s gift of grace.

Too often our daily goals are captured by our lives—our desires—our plans and we become frustrated or resentful when others intrude.

Yet that interruption may be important in a way we cannot see or interpret. We often judge by time and completed lists. The Lord goes into our souls.

Lord, please give us each a heart that loves as You do and a vision to see where You want us to go—to do—to be. Keep us under Your Spirit’s agenda.

Your thoughts,


Friday, March 13, 2020

Labor: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry





                                               Labor



                                                Purposeful labor is

                                                not always recognized

                                                between our agenda

                                                and the Lord’s plan.


                                                All we see are

                                                obstacles and barriers

                                                our own weakness

                                                a hindrance.


                                                He sees life
                                   
                                                becoming renewed in a

new perspective

a choice to

trust and follow

often without a

plan.


Psalm 18:10: “And He rode upon a cherub and flew; And He sped upon the wings of the wind.”

 
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