A Courageous Heart

A couple of weeks ago I wrote on my blog, The Blogging Owl, my three new words to live by in 2020. I added three action verbs to existing words from 2018 and 2019 that will motivate me to get on with my purpose by using the talents God has gifted to me. My three action words are silence, commit and fulfill.

Living by faith means expecting the best.

As I look forward to a new year in the next few days, I look back in my prayer journals to see how God has blessed me throughout this past year. There are highs and lows in any given year and my brokenness – that which breaks my resistance and self-reliance in my journey to looking and living out God’s will for my life has and will not always be easy.

As I read through the pages of my prayer journals covering this past year (and those of past years), all that was intended was not accomplished. As I have drawn closer to God and getting to know him better, I have gotten to know my own identity better too. Knowing God and knowing myself better has helped me to define my responsibilities in all ways. It has helped me to silence self-doubt, commit to God’s control, readying myself to fulfilling His plan for my life.

When I listen to God and follow His will and not my own, I receive His very best for my life. Not only does God’s Word tell me so, but the pages of my prayer journals reflect how God has answered or still has me waiting for His best. When I fully reflect on this past year, I have experienced the greatest joy and unimaginable fulfillment when I lived out my responsibilities with my God-given talents. When I live this way, I no longer feel directionless and anxiety.

Three Verses

While I carry the entire Word of God with me today and into the New Year, I especially pray these three verses.

Psalm 31: 24 GW – Praying the Scripture:

“Be strong, all (I) who wait with the hope for the Lord and let your (my) heart be courageous.”

2 Corinthians 12:6-10 GW – Paul writes:

“If I ever wanted to brag, I wouldn’t be a fool. Instead, I would be telling the truth. But I’m going to spare you so that no one may think more of me than what he sees or hears about me, especially because of the excessive number of revelations that I’ve had.

Therefore, to keep me from becoming conceited, I am forced to deal with a recurring problem. That problem, Satan’s messenger, torments me to keep me from being conceited. I begged the Lord three times to take it away from me. But he told me: “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So, I will brag even more about my weaknesses in order that Christ’s power will live in me. Therefore, I accept weakness, mistreatment, hardship, persecution, and difficulties suffered for Christ. It’s clear that when I’m weak, I’m strong.”

Romans 14:12 GW – Paul writes:

“All of us will have to give an account of ourselves to God.” 

Job 23

My Prayer

Dear Lord, where there was darkness in my life you have given it light. May that light continue to shine today and in the coming days so that only You will be reflected against the darkness of this world. I cling to all Your promises. As written in Isaiah 40: “You give strength to those who are tired and give strength to those who are weak… and the strength of those who wait on the Lord will be renewed. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and won’t become weary. They will walk and won’t grow tired.” The journey of looking and living out Your Will for my life has not been easy at times. I pray Lord, that you will renew and clarify within me the purpose you have planned for me. There is no faith without risk. Silence any fear and let my heart be courageous to fulfill the purpose you have given today and always. I pray this in Jesus’s name. Amen

May You have a Joyous New Year!

I encourage you to start your prayer journal today if you haven’t already done so. Prayer is the most important conversation you have each day. You will be amazed as you too look back and read the pages of your journal how you heard, felt and saw God’s presence in your life.

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Blessings on Your New Year!

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He Told Our Stories

This morning as I lay in bed willing myself to get up to start the day, I thought of the simplicity of inhaling a breath and exhaling. Often most of us do not even notice our breathing – inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. For those of us who do not suffer from lung diseases or a terminal disease, we take our breathing for granted.

A day in the life

My most important battles are not in the air I inhale and exhale, but they are still within me – my mind, my will, and my emotions. Whatever our individual stories of illness, abuse, neglect, loneliness, deceit, addiction, Jesus has told each one of our stories in the Bible. Our reactions to our stories, our sins are etched and gouged into the body of Christ who hung upon a tree so we may have the breath of eternal life.

Jesus told my story.

God knew me before my beginning. He knows my past. He understands my present. He has planned my future. He waits for me to cast my worries on Him because He cares for me.

“…all of you must serve each other with humility, because God opposes the arrogant but favors the humble. Be humbled by God’s power so that when the right time comes, he will honor you. Turn all your anxiety over to God because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:5-7 GW

Now as I draw my breath in, I will think of drawing closer to God. And when I let go of my breath, I will think of the Holy Spirit taking my hand to walk with me through this day – to protect me, to comfort me, to love me, to guide me.

I pray to not take for granted the simplicity of my breathing.

When I recognize my breathing and stay committed to the power of the Holy Spirit, I pray. And I pray that God can use me in meaningful ways to exhibit the life of Jesus Christa and allow the Holy Spirit to guide my conduct, my conversations and my ability to listen. I pray for the courage and compassion to share my faith in Jesus Christ; and for those I meet this day and beyond if so blessed to receive God’s truth and I will trust the Holy Spirit to do the rest.

“If you faithfully obey the commands that I’m giving you today, love the LORD your God, and serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 11:13

I can only be the best I can be when I spend time alone with God in prayer, reading His Word and sharing my faith in Him with others.

When I share Jesus’ story,

I will ask myself when I share my faith story with others,

“Are my feet walking in wet cement for all to admire when all turns to concrete?”

My service is not for my name to be etched on any building or written in anyone’s walk of faith. My feet are left in wet sand holding others up to walk on dry land and to build upon the solid foundation of Jesus Christ. My name will fade with the tide, but His name is the glory for all eternity.

“This is what the Almighty LORD says:
I am going to lay a rock in Zion,
a rock that has been tested,
a precious cornerstone,
a solid foundation.
Whoever believes in him will not worry.Isaiah 28:16 GW

“In spite of all that, God’s people have a solid foundation. These words are engraved on it: “The Lord knows those who belong to him,” and “Whoever worships the Lord must give up doing wrong.” 2 Timothy 2:19 GW

Praying the Scripture

My experiencing Jesus’ love in my story motivates me not for my own legacy, but to enable me to care for others so they may experience that same love and eternal breath.

“Glory belongs to God whose power is at work within (me). By this power he can do infinitely more than (I) can ask or imagine. Glory belongs to God in the church and in Christ Jesus for time and eternity. Amen” Ephesians 3:20-21 GW

“You received Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live as Christ’s people. Sink your roots in him and build on him. Be strengthened by the faith that you were taught, and overflow with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 GW


My Prayer

Dear Good and Gracious Lord, from whom all perfect blessings flow. Thank you, Lord for each breath I take that draws me closer to You. May each breath I exhale exclaim Your goodness. Thank you, Lord, for telling my story throughout Your Word so that I may see my circumstances and my sin so I may direct path and build my foundation with Christ as the cornerstone of my life.

I confess that I think too little about the air I draw in, for You make it possible. I confess I think too little of the fact that I deserve nothing for all the many blessings and people you have placed in my life to serve me without giving a thought about You, them, and of my own service.

I pray Lord that I not only think of my ingratitude on holidays but every single time I draw a breath. I pray you open my eyes to Your goodness, fill my heart with thankfulness, and motivate me to respond with appreciation with every breath I take and to serve others in the love You have shown me.

I thank You; through Christ, our Lord, Your best gift to me. Amen

My Spiritual Journey

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

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Blessings on your day,

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