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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Easter – Beyond the Rock

The Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, My sheep respond to my voice, and I know who they are. They follow me and I give them eternal life. They will never be lost, and no one will tear them away from me. My Father who gave them to me, is greater than everyone else and no one will tear them away from my Father. The Father and I are one.” John 10:27-30

In my posts leading up to the Lenten season, 40-Day Fast and Lent-My Wilderness, I spoke about the clarity I was seeking in mind, body and spirit for the mission God has given me – my purpose. Throughout the Lenten season, I prayed daily this prayer:

Dear Lord, bring clarity to my confusion. Rescue me and bring rhythm to my calling just as you set the sun and the stars in motion in precise rhythm of day into night and night into day. Instill within me the patient endurance to enlighten me of my specific mission and to complete the mission with the wisdom and maturity through an unwavering faith in Christ. Grant me confidence in Your mercy and hope in Your promises. Help me to watch with You in your passion, that I remain awake to the infinite power of Your Love. In Him, give me courage and strength. Amen

This has been the most profound and spiritually awakening Lenten season I have ever experienced.

He broke my mind. He broke my body. All the while He was building a pathway to an unbreakable spirit within me.

I, like the disciples who went through a dark Saturday only to have Sunday come did my sorrow turn to joy. If I was willing to wait and trust God through the darkest of nights, I could rest knowing that the morning would come bringing light, love, mercy and grace. And in the darkest hours, I drew close to Him and He drew closer to me. (James 4:8)

Beyond the Rock

On my own, it is impossible to remove the stain of my sin. But Jesus has done what I cannot. Through the power of his death and resurrection, He has purified me of my sin.

Praying the Scripture

“But if (I) live in the light in the same way that God is in the light, (I) have a relationship with (others). And the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses (me) from every sin.” 1 John 1:7

The confidence I have in fulfilling the mission He has empowered me to do comes from an unwavering faith in Jesus Christ because of His Word and power over the grave. Jesus Christ resurrection proves He fulfills the Word of God.

I can no longer allow fear to limit me for “We know that in all things God works the good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purposes.” Romans 8:28

Lenten Lessons

Grounded as in Nehemiah’s prayer, Nehemiah 1:4-11, I cannot do anything apart from God.

My second lesson I learned in this Lenten season is not to start before first seeking and receiving God’s clear instructions. As a sinful human being it is not always easy to be patient, to understand or accept what God is asking of me. Yet, I will continue to pray for clarity each day.

My third lesson is that each day is a new opportunity to begin again. My sinfulness causes me to fail, but it is not a cause to quit – for what God has anointed me to do, He has also empowered me to accomplish it.

My fourth lesson is to start the mission where I am today. Not dwell on yesterday, nor wait for tomorrow. “So, don’t worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

God continues to reveal Himself to me every day. He never ceases to amaze me how He draws me closer to Him each day through the power of His word and presence in my life. No one need wait for Lent to be awaken to the infinite power of His love. Draw closer, He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

The Tomb

My Easter Prayer

Lord God, heavenly Father, I thank and praise You that Jesus Christ, your Son has risen from the dead and sits at Your right hand. Fulfill for me His promise that He will be with me even until the end of the world. Dear Lord, I boldly pray to fill me with His Spirit to carry out His commission as His disciple. As You have drawn Him closer to You, may I also draw closer to Him until His coming again. I pray in humility and gratitude in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen

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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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