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

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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.

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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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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