The 5 P’s of Faith

Spirit of Faith

It has been almost two months since I last posted here at The Prayer Journals. Within two weeks after my last post, Praying the Scriptures, I received and accepted a job offer from a nationally respected insurance company.

The Lord has blessed me abundantly throughout my lifetime. And in writing my spiritual memoir I was communicating how I was transformed by growing closer to God, particularly since the collapse of my career in the summer of 2009 during the biggest economic collapse since the Great Depression. Yet here I am again. I have experienced another sudden end to what I thought was a beginning of a new career to only have the company to completely dissolve operations this time. My reaction to the unsettling news would be much different than the summer of 2009 because I listened to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to fully and completely turned my face towards Jesus Christ.

Praying the Scripture

“If (I) have died with Christ, (I) believe that (I) will also live with him. (I) know that Christ, who was brought back to life will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once and for all to sin’s power. But now he lives and lives for God. So (I) consider (myself) dead to sin’s power but living for God in the power Christ Jesus gives (me).” Romans 6:8-11

The “5 P’s” of Faith

No doubt many of you have heard the phrase, “Prior planning prevents poor performance.” Often that phrase is heard when someone must make a presentation to another or a group of people. I heard it many times throughout the course of my sales management career.

God has awesome power to turn the negative into a positive

When my career came to an end in 2009, I was two years shy of turning 50 years old. I feared I would never obtain a job worthy of my past position. I was right. I didn’t. At least not in terms of compensation, but I would gain something even more valuable – insight into the power of faith in God. With God and his angels on earth, I created a job in the form of a contracting business in another sector of the financial services industry. It would help keep my family financially afloat.

God be the glory!

Within seven years in 2016, I was given an opportunity of full-time employment in a related sector in the financial services industry of the contracting business I had created. The position offered learning new skills, stability in compensation, a retirement plan, and dinner every night with my family.

Again, God was firmly in control.

So, when the news came again that I would need to look for a new job on Friday, April 13, 2018, I turned to my own “5 P’s” statement. It has become my personal statement of faith.

“Poised prayer produces purposeful performance.”

What does this statement mean?

Poise: God is control

God is in control of all situations and outcomes. That is, if I allow Him to be in control of my life rather than the world.

Prayer: God’s promises and presence

Praying without ceasing relying on God’s promises and fervently asking for His presence in my life and in all situations.

Productivity: Positive attitude

In my fervent prayer to God, asking for his help to present a positive Christ-like attitude that reflects the power of His mercy, love and peace.

Purpose: In joyful service

Accepting wherever God places me, so I may joyfully serve others in Christ’s name to fulfill His purpose through me.

Performance: God-centered

And in every position, not just in my job, but in all I do and say that I may keep God as the center of life’s work giving Him all the glory and praise.

“Blessed is the person who places his confidence in the Lord.” Psalm 40:4

The attitude of Christ

“So then, as Christians, do you have any encouragement? Do you have any comfort from love? Do you have any spiritual relationships? Do you have any sympathy and compassion? Then fill me with joy by having the same attitude and the same love, living in harmony, and keeping one purpose in mind. Don’t act out of selfish ambition or be conceited. Instead, humbly think of others as being better than yourselves. Don’t be concerned only about your own interests, but also be concerned about the interests of others. Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.” Philippians 2: 1-5

On May 29th, a full month after my last blog post, I started a new career once again. At the end of this coming week, I will have been employed one month at this new company. I am thoroughly enjoying it! I know that all I have gone through in my life, God has and will continue to prepare me to joyfully serve with the attitude of Christ. I gratefully give Him ALL the Praise and Glory.

My prayer journal of May 3, 2018 – Accepting an offer of employment

Dear Lord, Great and Wondrous God who is in control of this world and of my life, it is with thanks and praise I acknowledge Your majesty and power. Because in Your steadfast love and mercy You have made Yourself my Father in Jesus Christ and recreated in me the image of Your holiness. I cannot by fully comprehend the extent and fullness of Your love. In faith, I thank and praise Your grace and mercy. You do so much for me without any merit in me that I all I can do is thank and praise Your holy name through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen

(Prayer adapted from the Lutheran Book of Prayer.)

May I pray for you?

The Prayer Journals blog is my personal spiritual journey in conjunction with writing my spiritual memoir. My posts in 2018 are a series relating to this theme. If you have just joined The Prayer Journals, I hope you will take the time to explore previous posts on this site.

Please join me next time as I continue my series, Getting to Know God.

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 a master writer. Perhaps you are an illustrator, a painter, a poet, a lyricist or creator of scrapbooks. Use your gifts to communicate with God however you wish in your prayer journal. God enjoys hearing from you and you will be blessed!

Blessings on your day,

Sheri

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Praying the Scriptures

The Unexpected

It has been awhile since I have posted here, and I am severely behind on my “Getting to Know God” series here at The Prayer Journals. The “Getting to Know God” series is reflecting my writing a spiritual memoir of a time when my career abruptly ended in the summer of 2009.

Guess what?

It is has happened again. My current employer has abruptly decided to close-down their operations center and I will have a job until July 2nd.

My reaction was much different in 2018 than it was in 2009.

I did react bitterly. I did not cry and pound my fists into the air. I did not want my colleagues to do the same either. I went back to my desk and I prayed.

“Dear Lord, I give you all the praise and glory. You have brought me to this employer and I have loved being here among a group of fantastic people. Lord, I am much older with retirement not far off, but you know I am not financially ready either. I pray that you will be with all of us in this challenging time of grasping the reality before us. I know Lord that you will provide. Help me to help them who need the confidence of faith in Jesus Christ through my words, my actions, and in my prayers. I pray this in the name that saves, Jesus Christ. Amen”

My getting to know God since 2009 has helped me to realize His purpose for my life. He placed me with an employer who would shock their dedicated employees with a life changing decision. While I am disappointed with finding another job, I know He will again place me where He needs me. As I reflect on my current employment, God provided an opportunity through me to show my colleagues that life changing events can empower us to draw closer to God. It is an opportunity to pursue a more purposeful path not in terms of secular wealth but wealth in mind, body and spirit.

I persevere with confidence because I know my role is to simply love God and others. As I follow Jesus daily, He transforms me to encourage others as I share His love and truth wherever He sends me.

“I have commanded you, ‘Be strong and courageous.’ Don’t tremble and be terrified, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Praying the Scriptures

Praying the scriptures is part of my joy in my journal writing. There are different methods of praying the scriptures. I bring the scriptures alive for me by writing Bible passages in my prayer journal speaking in the first person. I often do this when life’s unexpected events happen to remind me the role God plays in my life and the role I play when these unexpected events occur in my life.  These Bible verses show me how I need to conduct myself every day.

Below are examples of Bible passages I have re-written from the Bible’s God’s Word translation. The words in the parentheses are my words that I have replaced from the biblical words.

Hebrews 13:5-6

(May I) keep my life free from the love of money and be content with what (I) have, because God said has said,

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

So (I) say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”

Hebrews 13:20-21

“The God of peace brought the great shepherd of the sheep, (my) Lord Jesus, back to life through the blood of an eternal promise. May (my) God of peace prepare (me) to do every good thing he wants. May he work in (me) through Jesus Christ to do what is pleasing to him. Glory belongs to Jesus Christ forever. Amen.”

One of my daily praying of the Scriptures: Colossians 3:1-17

As I read the Bible daily, I look for where God is pointing me. Each day I read a passage I know He has directed me to  read and He wants me to personally adapt it to what I am currently experiencing. God shows me how to conduct my life in my walk of faith in Jesus Christ.

“Since, then, (I) have been raised with Christ, (setting my heart) on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (Setting my heart) on things above, not on earthly things. For (I) died, and (my) life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is (my) life, appears, then (I) also will appear with him in glory.

(I put) to death, therefore, whatever belongs to (my) earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. (I) used to walk in these ways, in the life (I) once lived. But now (I) must also rid (myself) of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from (my) lips. (I will) not lie to each other, since (I) have taken off (my) old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Therefore, as God’s chosen (person), holy and dearly loved, (I) clothe (myself) with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (I bear) with each other and forgive one another if (I have) has a grievance against someone. (I will) forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues (I) put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (I will let) the peace of Christ rule in (my heart), since as members of one body (I am) called to peace. And be thankful. (I will let) the message of Christ dwell (within me) richly as (I) teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in (my heart) And whatever (I) do, whether in word or deed, (I) do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

I know I do not live up to this perfection. Yet writing it out in my prayer journal is like writing it on my heart reminding me of my faith in Christ and what he calls me to do each day. Each day I must try my best to live and breathe it in mind, body, and spirit.

Sailboat Haiku

For my prayer journal

“Dear Lord, I thank you for the physical, intellectual, and the spiritual gifts with which you have equipped me for the privilege of serving others. But Lord there are so many who need employment as I do that are soon to be unemployed. I ask You to take us into Your divine care and keeping assuring us of Your love and favor. I know You will provide according to Your promises of faith in You. Please help our families not to suffer preserving our sense of dignity and self-respect and giving us the conviction that in our place we are making contributions wherever You see fit for us to serve You. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.”

May I pray for you?

The Prayer Journals is my personal spiritual journey in conjunction with writing my spiritual memoir. My posts in 2018 are a series relating to this theme. If you have just joined The Prayer Journals, I hope you will take the time to explore previous posts on this site.

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 a master writer. Perhaps you are an illustrator, a painter, a poet, a lyricist or creator of scrapbooks. Use your gifts to communicate with God, however you wish in your prayer journal.

Blessings on your day,

Sheri

Connect with The Prayer Journals

Facebook:          Facebook/ThePrayerJournals/PrayerPrompts
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Email:                 Hoot@thebloggingowl.com

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