return

To those who have walked away
To those who thought they had a better plan
To those who are happy in their sin
To those who chose not to believe
to those…

God is still there
God is still waiting
God is still calling
God has not changed
God has forgiven

He died for you
He bled for you
He came back for you

He loves
He waits
He longs
for your return

today i pray for those

STOP

STOP

the day between

the day of contemplation

the day to look

on the past & reconcile

with

WHAT

JUST

HAPPENED

the day of realization

my sin put my God

on a cross

He died

in order that

we could be together

we could have life

we could

L I V E

do not throw it away

d o  n o t  p u t  i t  o n  a  s h e l f

do not hide this gift

share it

as we share it

it grows

it is living

it is breathing

from a living breathing God

He loved us first

F I R S T

while we were lost

while we were sinning

so we could

L O V E

more fully

more abundantly

more gracefully

GO


Psalm 20

A prayer for my friends and family and all those afar. i don’t think that there are any words that could be added to David’s, so the text will speak for my prayer today…

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amen…


monday

It is a sad week here in our small town. 2 awesome young men, fathers, mentors, husbands, friends, were taken from this earth to their heavenly homes on Sunday, April 6. Their families grieve for the loss. Their friends weep. Their children’s hearts shattered. Their loss impacts many here and around the world.

So many losses in this past month. Senseless death. Heartbreak. Sorrow. So many communities grieving. The only one who can console is our loving heavenly Father. Only He can relate. Only He can heal. Only He can help us continue without these who have influenced, encouraged, loved, and etched their memories into our hearts. Only He can make us whole again. And yet, we will never be completely whole until we are joined together in heaven again.

Today i pray for the families, the communities, the ones who are lost and wandering. i pray for comfort, for friends, for healing, for peace. the marks that they carved into our souls will be ever present, the lives they have left will not be forgotten, but the mourning will last for a time. i pray that there are moments of joy in their grief and comfort thru their tears. there are no words that could ever make it ok, but i pray for love, peace, and comfort to surround each one and that they would find their rest in the One who knows the beginning from the end and the heartache of loss.

In loving memory of Pastor Tyler Liljekvist and Coach Chris Prewitt, who both wore more hats than can be listed and both affected lives around the world. May God keep their families and strengthen them thru the fire and on the journey ahead.


right

Psalm 18:21-24

For I have kept the ways of the Lord (i do my best)

I have not done evil by turning away from my God (feelin pretty confident)

All His laws are before me; I have not turned away from His decrees
(well… most of the time)

I have been blameless before Him (umm… well, not exactly completely blameless)

And have kept myself from sin (ok… that one is gunna be hard to claim, but…)

The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness (WHAT?!)

According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight… (i stand dumbfounded)

How is this possible? Nobody can make any of these claims, least of all me. Every day we fall, we blow it, we definitely do NOT have “cleanness of hands”. So how can He reward me according to MY righteousness? As soon as we begin to believe in OUR righteousness, we are usually hit square in the face with how sinful we can really be. The moment we believe that we are blameless, truth comes like a bright light, shining on all our iniquities and we are exposed.

Truth is…

Jesus is the One that kept the laws
Jesus is the One that does not turn away
Jesus is the One that is blameless
Jesus is the One that has clean hands

Jesus is the only One who matches this description. When we accept His work on the cross, when we choose to walk with Him, when we choose His plan over ours, THEN we become all of these things. not in our own merit, but in His. we could never live up to perfect, but we can put on the righteousness of Jesus in place of our own faithlessness and present ourselves with His covering. He took our place of punishment for sin. He went to the cross and died in our place.

2 Corinthians 5:21: “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”

we have an opportunity for life – herenow – while living in this sin-filled world, while we are sinners. He stands in our place so that the Lord sees His righteousness and the cleanness of His hands in our place.

Hebrews 11:6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.

My Pastor reminds us of the terminology of this verse speaking of Jesus actually becoming our reward. Literally: “He becomes the reward of those who diligently seek Him” Don’t you love that?! As we seek Him, He becomes our reward & covers our sin & becomes our righteousness.

Today i pray that we would remember who we are in Christ. i pray that we would remember where we come from as we walk among others that come across our path. i pray that we would have grace for those who are struggling to find their path and give love as graciously as it has been given to us.

Today i pray that those who do not know You, would find You. that they would see the God who forgives, who loves, who gives peace & joy & life to those who seek after Him. today i pray that God shows Himself thru others, that the ones who seek, will find. i pray that you would know Him more intimately, more abundantly, & be able to claim Him as your own…


Somewhere Between

todayiprayed:

“We are too Christian really to enjoy sinning and too fond of sinning really to enjoy Christianity. Most of us know perfectly well what we ought to do; our trouble is that we do not want to do it. ” ~ Chaplain of the United States Senate, Reverend Peter Marshall

Originally posted on Ken's Korner:

On June 26, 1947 the Chaplain of the United States Senate, Reverend Peter Marshall, prayed the following prayer on the Senate floor.Image

 Our Father, we are beginning to understand at last that the things that are wrong with our world are the sum total of all the things that are wrong with us as individuals. Thou hast made us after Thine image, and our hearts can find no rest until they rest in Thee.

We are too Christian really to enjoy sinning and too fond of sinning really to enjoy Christianity. Most of us know perfectly well what we ought to do; our trouble is that we do not want to do it. Thy help is our only hope. Make us want to do what is right, and give us the ability to do it.

In the name of Christ our Lord, AMEN.

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answers

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this week has been a week of JOY and answers for our house {employment!} and many of my friends who we have been praying for. we are so joyful for all the answers. so many times in the last few days, my heart is so overwhelmed with joy that it feels like it is going to burst from my chest & i cannot move. since the realization that we were going to be ok and just that it was time to wait on God’s timing, we became enamored with the waiting and have been blessed more than abundantly in the process.

2 Corinthians 9: 6-15

Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure, for God loves a person who gives cheerfully {Proverbs 22:9} And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say,

“They share feely and give generously to the poor.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” {Psalm 112:9}

For God is the One who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, He will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.

Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving – the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all the believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you will deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!

what an amazing passage of teaching! as we are a blessing to others, He blesses us so abundantly that we cannot help but pour out in generosity and the circle continues. we have been blessed by so many this week and our hearts are filled to overflowing from seeing God’s church at work in our little sphere of life. He teaches us to depend on one another and be interwoven as His family, the church.

today i pray that God puts people in our path that are in need of the blessing He has bestowed on us! i pray that we would be able to give generously to those who need blessing, that what we cannot give in things, we will be able to give in words and encouragement. i pray that God’s glory shines thru and that those who do not know the One will find Him thru the blessings of His children. i pray that God’s children would be driven to their knees in joy, that they would be so overwhelmed with His love today that they cannot contain it and it would spread like fire thru our city, our county, and beyond. today i give praise and thanks and glory to the One who provides, the One who watches over us, the One who encourages us, the One who loves…

today i also pray for the ones who have not received answers, who are still in the middle, who still wait. i pray that they would find the joy in the waiting, the hope to continue, and would be able to wait expectantly for their answers knowing that the One is building their character and growing their relationship with Him.

today i pray for those who received their answers, but they are not answers of joy. i pray for the hard answers, the crushing news, the heartbroken and the weary. i pray that in the midst of their brokenness and their pain, that they would find peace in the struggle, they would feel loved in the process, they would be surrounded with God’s people and His words. i pray that their minds get rest and their relationships knit together tighter as they lean in to the One. be with the hurting and the broken today, Lord.


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