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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Reflection: Approach: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1. In what ways might we re-prioritize daily tasks from an earthly mindset to a heavenly one?

2. What might that look like? What might change in our work ethic or attitudes?

3. In what ways might our perspective change? Towards ourselves—towards others?

4. Whose strength do we chose?

Share: Brother Lawrence is a well-know monk who turned his ordinary dishwashing chores into a deeper time of prayer. What daily—repetitive chore do you have that might be an opportunity for you to pray too while doing?

Monday, September 28, 2020

Approach: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Philippians 3:19-21, “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”


How easily can we fall into day-to-day responsibilities with a self-centered or self-imposed level of determination or success? We often make it all about ourselves, our to-do lists and our accomplishments.

They often are all needed tasks yet we often approach them from a strictly earthly view. Rather than holy. Which does seem an odd way to deal with the daily chores. Yet both approaches can affect our hearts and our attitudes.

ALL things subjected to the Lord. Seems too ordinary.

Yet over and over Jesus met daily needs for those He shared His life with, both when teaching or simply doing: meals with friends, healing, walking, sharing, household needs. Yet His perspective offered a different view, as with Martha and Mary.

Lord, show us how to realize that even the most ordinary tasks can sometimes become a battleground for our souls.

Your thoughts,

Friday, September 25, 2020

Drifting: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry


                                                Too easy sometimes

                                                to use proper

                                                words according to our

                                                witness of scripture

                                                not recognizing our own

                                                neglect in our hearts

                                                light blurred

                                                listening dulled

                                                drifting from His path

                                                despite belief.

                                                Time to return

                                                trust His presence

                                                wash away false imitations

                                                walk in Spirit’s power

                                                not our own perspective

                                                need to embrace

                                                life that restores

                                                lifts souls in strength

                                                dare to walk boldly

                                                dependant on His love.

Psalm 18:38, “I shattered them, so they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet.”

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Reflection: Return: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1. In what ways does fatigue or disappointment pull us from heart’s hope?

2. Have you ever spoken words of hope to someone else and realized you are not living them for yourselves?

3. How can we recognize when our faith becomes rhetoric instead of reality?

4. In what ways can Jesus’ example enable us to walk in His strength again?

Share: Which one do you feel most applies to you right now?

Monday, September 21, 2020

Return: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Philippians 3: 17-18, “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.”


What is on the outside does not always match what is on the inside. How often do we pretend politeness, while inwardly are having a rude conversation on how we really feel?

Speaking the right words—even to ourselves—does not always mean we live them. Sometimes we even manage to fool ourselves. Or even be sincerely unaware that our thoughts and attitudes are opposing the Lord.

Lord, please break through the chains and darkness of false worship and actions when we drift away. Pour out Your true light and path into us—heart, mind, and soul—that we may stay faithful on whatever road we are walking.

Your thoughts,

Friday, September 18, 2020

Insight: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry



                                                often comes

                                                in small whispers

                                                only if we listen

                                                intent on truth

                                                open to guidance

                                                insight offered as

Psalm 18: 37, “I pursued my enemies and overtook them, And I did not turn back until they were consumed.”

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Reflection: Attain: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1. What is your definition of being mature in faith?

2. How do you compare yourself according to Paul’s advice?

3. How can trusting in what we have attained give us courage to new confrontations or opportunities?

4. What do you need the Lord to reveal to you this week? What decision seems to be confusing right now?

Share: How did the Lord guide you once before?

Monday, September 14, 2020

Attain: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Philippians 3: 15-16, “Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.”


Thank-you Lord for Your ongoing protection that no matter how much truth we have learned from You and attempt to live into we still falter; yet in Your mercy you continue to repair and heal our failures.

Which should give us courage to walk bolder.

And yet too often we still don’t. Whether out of fear, or personality, or our past that still lurks and waits to undermine conviction.

Lord, please help us to keep moving forward with what we have embraced and be willing to keep growing into Your truth and Your way. Give us Your strength and vision to recognize the battle when it comes and not hide from it.

Your thoughts,

Friday, September 11, 2020

Pause: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry


                                                To pause and listen

                                                for the quiet

                                                in the storm of

                                                busyness and commitments

                                                breath deeply.

                                                To hear direction

                                                focus on purpose

                                                instill calm

                                                brought from a courage to

                                                be committed to trust.

Psalm 18:36, “Thou dost enlarge my steps under Thee, And my feet have not slipped.”

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Reflection: Rest: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1. In what ways can busyness control our goals instead of silence?

2. Even in silence what can intrude on our hearing the Lord’s call?

3. How can we prepare daily—hourly—to pause and listen?

4.  What steps need courage?

Share: Which will you try to practice this week?

Monday, September 7, 2020

Rest: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Philippians 3: 13-14,”Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”


How often do we still look only at the difficulties and obstacles instead of trusting in the Lord’s ongoing protection?

We still hesitate at every decision, not only to examine it, but to calm our fears. When instead our focus should be only bringing it to the Lord for confirmation that we are hearing His voice and purpose to go ahead.

Thankfully, no matter how often though we stumble and fall because of our fears and disbelief, He continues to keep our feet from falling and steadies us. And picks us up when we do stumble.

Lord, please open our hearts and sight and souls to look upward and forward to You. Please show each of us the next steps we are to take. In confidence in You.

Your thoughts,

Friday, September 4, 2020

Embrace: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry



                                                often brings pride

                                                a sense of long


                                                reaching a goal

                                                rewards for perseverance.

                                                Only when

                                                owned by Jesus

                                                a gentleness of His

                                                arms wrap around us

                                                rescues us from evil

                                                restores our souls.

                                                Ongoing protection

                                                one by one seen

                                                always mercy

                                                and walks daily bringing

                                                redemption into our new life

                                                reconciliation given in love.
Psalm 18:35, “Thou hast also given me the shield of Thy salvation, And Thy right hand upholds me; And Thy gentleness makes me great.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Reflection: Accept: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1. How does the reminder that Jesus has made you His own bring you insight today?

2. How can this reminder influence your decisions and attitude today or this week or month? Why? What has changed?

3. How does expecting perfection in ourselves, or others, shape our actions and words?

4. To whom can we extend His gentleness this week?

Share: When has someone gifted you with gentleness?

Monday, August 31, 2020

Accept: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Philippians 3: 11-12, “that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.”


Thank you Lord, for Your never ending gentleness to each of us. And Your upholding presence. Even the most beloved friends and family may drift apart for many reasons, but You do not drift away from us—ever.

Even when we stop listening for Your voice, or think You have left because of  the silence.

Lord, please enable each of us to hold onto You in response to You holding onto us. So that whether our time is in difficulty or smooth we will live into a heart filled with trust and joy in Your presence.

Your thoughts,

Friday, August 28, 2020

Law: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry


                                                When we do not recognize

                                                the law we cling to

                                                in our hearts

                                                we still become adamant

                                                when it is threatened

                                                resist its removal.

                                                Do not realize that

                                                righteousness only

                                                possible from the Lord

                                                deepens faith,

                                                hope, truth

                                                defeats despair.

                                                When we accept

                                                His righteousness

                                                on eternal terms

                                                suffering turns into

                                                a power beyond


                                                Life replaces law.
Psalm 18:34, “He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Reflection: Righteousness: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1. How do we define, or see, righteousness?

2. What example of righteousness would you be able to share with someone who asks?

3. What law will be the easiest to let go of?

4. Which will be the most difficult? Why?

Share: How do you measure when righteousness is from the heart or an act of legalism?

Monday, August 24, 2020

Righteousness: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Philippians 3: 9-10, “and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,”


Even when in the midst of a busy family, or with friends, or work team, we still always have a sense of being, our own person. From that perspective we choose how we live by laws, by goals, and by beliefs.

All of these are hopefully honest and truth-filled and compassionate, but usually we are still setting for ourselves our own definitions of righteousness—even when we build from Bible verses.

So what changes do we need to make to be sure our righteousness is coming from God and His definition? For our days to walk in faith? To be willing to know Him and all the power of His resurrection seems a lot more complex than to simply be a good person.

Yet, that seems to be what the Lord offers each if us—a life of faith—not knowing what may happen next, but with a inner peace that cannot be shaken by comments, or circumstances, and worry.

Difficult—probably—but not fearful. Confused—often—but not worried (hopefully).

Lord, please teach each of us how to live into Your righteousness.

Your thoughts,

Friday, August 21, 2020

Loss: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry


                                                Seasons of loss

                                                batter and howl

                                                like an angry storm

                                                smashing against waves.

                                                Darkness hides

                                                rays of light

                                                ready to rescue

                                                cutting through the grief.

                                                Memories of grace

                                                remind us to hold

                                                firm to lifeboat

                                                His ongoing presence

                                                never lets go.
Psalm 18:33, “He makes my feet like hind’s feet, And sets me upon my high places.”

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Reflection: Abyss: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1. What circumstance has caused you great loss that overwhelmed you?

2. What insight from the Lord enabled you to transition from grief, or loss, to hope?

3. In what ways has your overall perspective of daily life changed? Or not?

4. In what way do pause breaks throughout your day enable you to stay in a peaceful heart regardless of chaos?

Share: Did the Lord use someone you trusted as His voice to reach you, or did He speak directly into your heart?

Monday, August 17, 2020

Abyss: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Philippians 3:7-8, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”




In our most difficult times when all around us is lost whether by health, or nature’s destruction, or the death of a loved one—everything takes on a new meaning.


Time stops.


We are forced to reassess.


Often we are surprised that many things we thought were so important no longer have any life value to us.


We cherish our loved ones more.


We begin to pause and to inhale the beauty within each day.


And then throughout all this is when we recognize that the Lord is holding onto each of us. Sometimes carrying us. He is keeping our hearts and our souls safe in His protection and truth.


We can see real love through His eyes.


And begin to walk step by step again.


Your thoughts,



Friday, August 14, 2020

Plant: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry


                                                Heart seeds

                                                sprinkled by Spirit

                                                prepare special

                                                ground to grow.

If we follow

listen to soul’s

whisper to

go deeper.

His wisdom

a gift

a harvest

blessings overflow.
Psalm 18:32, “The God who girds me with strength And makes my way blameless?

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Reflection: Resume: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Reflection Questions

1. How do you separate, or define, worldly accomplishments and Spirit driven purpose?

2. Do you think they can be mingled? How?

3. How do you define self-confidence and Spirit confidence? How can they also become blended and not opposite?

4. What tools has the Spirit given you? Are you using them to full capacity?

Share: How has the Spirit’s confidence enabled you most recently, to your surprise?

Monday, August 10, 2020

Resume: Purpose: Prayers and Poetry

Philippians 3: 5-6, “circumcision on the eight day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.”


Outward appearance and actions can become so deceiving when we translate them into thinking we have it all together. Like the accomplishment of crossing out our to-do lists. We must have done it right.

But if our heart and soul and obedience does not first belong to the Lord, it is all in vain. Self-conceit can bury the truth of our perspective. And we become attached to our resume as value.

Our world measures from our skills and accomplishments. And dismisses soul.

Jesus begins within our hearts and then brings to us the tools and gifts we need to develop His plans and His wisdom into all daily commitments.

Lord, please show us Your truth and Your measure so that our accomplishments, whether miniscule or large, are all grounded in Your purpose and Your will.

Your thoughts,
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