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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I Press On

With all the chaos, corruption and carelessness in the world, it is often difficult to not become discouraged. I prayed about this in my prayer journal the other day and I was drawn to the passage in Philippians, Chapter 3:14

“I press on toward the goal, to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

I press on

While pressing forward I cannot help but look backward to my own history, my own place of hurt. Leaving the old me to carry the cross of Christ. In Matthew 14:25-35, Jesus discusses the cost of being a disciple:

28 “Suppose you want to build a tower. You would first sit down and figure out what it costs. Then you would see if you have enough money to finish it. 29 Otherwise, if you lay a foundation and can’t finish the building, everyone who watches will make fun of you. 30 They’ll say, ‘This person started to build but couldn’t finish the job.’

Have I abandoned everything to carry the cross?

31 “Or suppose a king is going to war against another king. He would first sit down and think things through. Can he and his 10,000 soldiers fight against a king with 20,000 soldiers? 32 If he can’t, he’ll send ambassadors to ask for terms of peace while the other king is still far away. 33 In the same way, none of you can be my disciples unless you give up everything.”

I abandoned yesterday and dedicate today because when I draw closer to God, knowing I cannot fully live up to Christ’s call, I experience God’s personal and unconditional love for me. I grow in the knowledge of His presence and can risk relating Him to others in fearless love.

34 “Salt is good. But if salt loses its taste, how will you restore its flavor? 35 It’s not any good for the ground or for the manure pile. People throw it away.
“Let the person who has ears listen!”

How can I listen more intently?

Psalm 116:12-16

How can I repay the LORD
for all the good that he has done for me?
13 I will take the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the LORD.
14 I will keep my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people.
15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
16 O LORD, I am indeed your servant.

As His servant, I can listen more intently to others need for Jesus Christ. I will be the advocate for the vulnerable, the one who recognizes others in their own place of hurt. With the help of the Holy Spirit, uplift and elevate them from that place of hurt, filled with tears and fears, a place of grace, mercy and to a future filled with hope.

I press on.

God knows what we need

Matthew 14:27-30

27 “Can any of you add a single hour to your life by worrying?
28 “And why worry about clothes? Notice how the flowers grow in the field. They never work or spin yarn for clothes. 29 But I say that not even Solomon in all his majesty was dressed like one of these flowers. 30 That’s the way God clothes the grass in the field. Today it’s alive, and tomorrow it’s thrown into an incinerator. So how much more will he clothe you people who have so little faith?

I trust in the Lord

Psalm 37:3-7

3 Trust the LORD, and do good things.
Live in the land, and practice being faithful.
4 Be happy with the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Entrust your ways to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will act on your behalf.
6 He will make your righteousness shine like a light,
your just cause like the noonday sun.
7 Surrender yourself to the LORD, and wait patiently for him.

My legacy or His?

Often the question arises when we discuss our mortality is what will be our legacy? How will others remember of us after we have passed away? I would pray that others would remember Him, Jesus Christ and not me except for this:

“She pressed on toward the goal, to which God had called her heavenward in Christ Jesus, and I will do the same.”

Guiding Light

My Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for your spirit so that I may be a good and faithful servant. Forgive me when I leave matters unattended or fail in beginning or in my attempts to carry out my goal you have laid out for me. Forgive me when I neglect my talents or misuse my gifts for Your purpose. Help me to take those risks and be diligent in those duties to my fullest capacity and to press on toward the goal. Bless me with the ambition of unselfish service and to prompt me to Serve You and those around me. Bless this unworthy steward with the joy of being made worthy through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I press this in His name, 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,

Sheri

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