Uncommon Devotion

“Trust the Lord always because the Lord, the Lord alone is an everlasting rock.” Isaiah 26:4 GW

An uncommon life.

Every morning on my way to the office, I pass by a billboard for a local Lutheran university. The billboard advertises the university’s new slogan, “Live Uncommon.” Their website blog, https://blog.cuw.edu/brand-promise/ explains their slogan this way:

“There is something quite different about Concordia University,” says University President Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, Ph.D. “What sets us apart, what makes us uncommon, is that our ordinary university is attached to the Word of God and connected to His promises. Our assurance of eternal life through our Savior Jesus Christ compels us to go out into the world, utilizing the gifts with which he has graced us, to share the extraordinary.”

An uncommon devotion

I used to feel inferior to other Christians who were educated in private Christian schools and college, even though I was baptized and raised in the church by attending weekly services, Sunday School and catechism class. I made it a point that my children would be raised in Christian schools so they would be given a solid start and foundation in their faith.

It wasn’t until years later that my inferiority was unfounded. Although formal Christian education is a blessing and encouraged, it need not be a prerequisite for being a Christian grounded in biblical understanding. My daily communication with my Lord and Savior, my daily reading of his Word, and prayers requesting His presence in and direction of my life makes me no smaller than those who have a formal Christian education.

The Holy Spirit’s goal is not to fill my mind with information from the Bible, but to bring me to a deeper level in my relationship with my heavenly Father. He wants me to understand the truth, so I can know the love of Jesus Christ more intimately. The depth of Christ’s love motivates me to want to know Him better, spend time in His presence, and read His Word, the Bible.

Although I am not a graduate of a Christian school or university, I choose to live an uncommon life with a devotion to God who has blessed me with my own gifts to share with those who also may feel or have felt inferior in whatever circumstance.

Paul Honors Christ Whether He Lives or Dies

“Yes, I will continue to be happy for another reason. I know that I will be set free through your prayers and through the help that comes from the Spirit of Jesus Christ. I eagerly expect and hope that I will have nothing to be ashamed of. I will speak very boldly and honor Christ in my body, now as always, whether I live or die. Christ means everything to me in this life, and when I die, I’ll have even more. If I continue to live in this life, my work will produce more results. I don’t know which I would prefer. I find it hard to choose between the two. I would like to leave this life and be with Christ. That’s by far the better choice. But for your sake it’s better that I remain in this life. Since I’m convinced of this, I know that I will continue to live and be with all of you. This will help you to grow and be joyful in your faith.” Philippians 1:18-25 GW

A child of God

A genuine and intimate relationship with Christ awaits anyone who listens and allows the Holy Spirit to reveal the thoughts of God in their life. As I draw closer to Him every day writing and praying in my journal, reading His Word and praying for clarity in my life and others; He draws closer and I feel, see, and hear His presence and guidance in my life.

The Power of Prayer

Jesus said to his disciples, “Suppose one of you has a friend. Suppose you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread. A friend of mine on a trip has dropped in on me, and I don’t have anything to serve him.’ Your friend might answer you from inside his house, ‘Don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children are in bed. I can’t get up to give you anything.’ I can guarantee that although he doesn’t want to get up to give you anything, he will get up and give you whatever you need because he is your friend and because you were so bold.

“So, I tell you to ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you. Everyone who asks will receive. The one who searches will find, and for the person who knocks, the door will be opened.

“If your child asks you, his father, for a fish, would you give him a snake instead? Or if your child asks you for an egg, would you give him a scorpion? Even though you’re evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. So how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” Luke 11: 5-13 GW

God is Here

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My Prayer

Lord of my life, I know that my life is not my own. By Your death and resurrection, You made me Your own. Help me to live under Your direction, always ready to hear the call, “Follow Me.” I am grateful for You and the angels you have placed in my life under Your direction that I may do the same. May I always be aware of Your presence; always know that I have received the gift of Your Spirit; always living so that others may receive Your love and mercy through me.

Show me again that there is love and forgiveness and mercy in Your hand. Use me despite my reluctance, doubt, and disobedience. May I live that uncommon life devoted to You that I may not be afraid to follow and fall and follow again. In Jesus Christ’s name, I pray. Amen

My Spiritual Journey

The Prayer Journal’s blog is my personal spiritual journey in conjunction with writing my spiritual memoir.

Please reach out to The Prayer Journals if I can answer any questions about keeping a prayer journal of your own. A prayer journal is an intimate communication between you and God. You don’t have to be an articulate writer. Use your gifts to communicate with God by perhaps with your talent as an illustrator, a painter, a poet, a lyricist or creator of scrapbooks. God enjoys hearing from you. I know you will be blessed! I know I am!

I enjoy hearing from you too! I’m praying for you.

Blessings on your day,

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Sheri

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Prompting by the Holy Spirit

Am I good enough?

If God loves me then I must be good enough, right?

Do I insult God when I think otherwise?

What is He asking me to do?

If my purpose is to serve out His Will with my gifts, then why do I continually question my ability? Has He not already given me the ability?

Do I hurt God when I do otherwise?

I Will Harvest What I Plant

“The person who is taught God’s word should share all good things with his teacher. Make no mistake about this: You can never make a fool out of God. Whatever you plant is what you’ll harvest. If you plant in the soil of your corrupt nature, you will harvest destruction. But if you plant in the soil of your spiritual nature, you will harvest everlasting life. We can’t allow ourselves to get tired of living the right way. Certainly, each of us will receive everlasting life at the proper time, if we don’t give up. Whenever we have the opportunity, we must do what is good for everyone, especially for the family of believers.” Galatians 6:6-10 GW

I have been in the process of writing a spiritual memoir over the last few years. It should be completed, but it isn’t because I keep starting and stopping. The message is not mine, but His message. My story would not be possible without the Holy Spirit leading me out of my place of hurt that is deep and dark to a higher elevation of forgiveness and purpose. Yet here I am again, on my knees, in prayer battling my doubts and fear as a writer.

God is and has been my energy, strength, wisdom and creativity. Whatever the ongoing battle, this overwhelming challenge of desiring it to get it right, or this personal crisis that appears impossible to overcome – God is with me. I allow Him to work on me and through me and as I will continue to trust His plan for this specific purpose and in His perfect timing to bring it to fruition.

Fear and Faith

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing what God approves of. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, lie, and say all kinds of evil things about you because of me. Rejoice and be glad because you have a great reward in heaven! The prophets who lived before you were persecuted in these ways.” Matthew 5:10-12 GW

FAITH over fear

Why am I afraid of in telling my story?

How will lives be changed by sharing my testimony?

How can I be sure this project is His prompting and not my own?

The place where I go to find the strength is in my prayer journals. It is a place that reveals my new Christ-like personality. My responsibility is to put on and wear that Christ-like personality each day and every night, cloaking myself in His peace and protection to pursue his purpose for me. I know I will get this story right. My faith has shown me how to step out of my anger, my fear, and all my doubt for page after page in my prayer journals tell the story of my Lord and Savior’s faithfulness in my life.

Psalm 61:1-4 GW

“O God, you are my God.
At dawn I search for you.
My soul thirsts for you.
My body longs for you
in a dry, parched land where there is no water.
So, I look for you in the holy place to see your power and your glory. My lips will praise you because your mercy is better than life itself. So, I will thank you as long as I live. I will lift up my hands to pray in your name.”

Childhood Wounds

My Prayer

Dear Lord, I give you all the praise and glory for plucking me from my place of hurt and setting me on top of a place where I can share Your love and faithfulness through my gift of writing. Lord, you have put a burden on my heart, and I pray You will open a door for me to accomplish Your will. I am like Nehemiah praying in desperation to respond to this burden that seems beyond my abilities. You know everything about me. You know everything about my situation. I am not asking permission, nor refusing Your calling, but in faith, asking for the power to proceed with success of this mission.

Thank you for all my gifts. Thank you for all who pray for me in this effort. Thank you for showing me the way through and around all trials and errors to the path you have set for me to accomplish all through Jesus Christ, and in His name, I pray. Amen

My Spiritual Journey

The Prayer Journal’s blog is my personal spiritual journey in conjunction with writing my spiritual memoir.

Please reach out to The Prayer Journals if I can answer any questions about keeping a prayer journal of your own. A prayer journal is an intimate communication between you and God. You don’t have to be an articulate writer. Use your gifts to communicate with God by perhaps with your talent as an illustrator, a painter, a poet, a lyricist or creator of scrapbooks. God enjoys hearing from you. I know you will be blessed! I know I am!

I enjoy hearing from you too! I’m praying for you.

Blessings on your day,

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Sheri

Connect with The Prayer Journals

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrayerPrompts/
Twitter: @PrayerPrompts
Email: Hoot@thebloggingowl.com

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