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

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God is working in me

When I attended catechism classes in 7th and 8th grade, I distinctly remember two lessons. I do not remember which lesson came before the other, however, I have thought of these lessons often over my lifetime… even if I didn’t always believe or abide by the pastor’s instructions.

God stands beside me

Pastor Etzel said to our catechism class, “God stands beside you. Be careful of what you say and do because God hears and sees you.” This must be a common lesson in the catechism instructor’s book. My friend of 38 years, Mary, who is nine years my senior and who also was instructed in another Missouri Lutheran church this same lesson on how we should ask ourselves the following question before we act:

“If you knew God was standing next to you, what would you do (or say)?”

“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load.” Galations 6:4-5 NIV

Proverbs 16

Daily disappointment

I am certainly God’s daily disappointment. Even though I try to ask myself that question, my actions and reactions are often done without a moment’s hesitation. I like to think, however, my intentions always come from a good place, but I know that isn’t always true.

“Therefore, judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:5

God has a plan for me

The other lesson from pastor’s catechism class was that God has a plan for my life. In fact, the pastor said, “God has a plan for you and it is already written.”

“Really?” my younger self said at the time. Even today as I look back on my life, I am beginning to finally understand what the pastor was trying to tell his impressionable class.

Last week’s reading of God’s Word revealed the following annotation next to Genesis chapter 11, in part:

“Although there is no scriptural reference to Job during this period of time, there is compelling evidence to believe that an important historical figure named Job should be included come the ancients. His home is in the land of Uz…. Job is a righteous man… However, disaster strikes Job when a series of disasters strikes him…. Even worse, all his children are killed, he is stricken with a terrible, painful disease… Job nevertheless maintains his faith in God. As a result, his wealth is restored to double its original worth, more children are born to him, and he dies a happy man.” (This excerpt is taken from page 22 of The Daily Bible in Chronological Order, NIV translation, Harvest House Publishers, © 1984.)

The author of this annotation, compiler, F. LaGard Smith writes in the same annotation that Job’s story is a story of great faith, and his apparently successful struggle with the reason for his struggle is one that has comforted generations of fellow-sufferers. “That fact alone might well have something to do with why he was called upon to experience such adversity.”

Could God’s plan for my life be a source of comfort to others?

While Job’s life ended well for him, will my story of faith end as well as Job’s?

What am I doing with my life?

“Work hard to show the results of our salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in You, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” 1 Corinthians 4:5

My Rainbow

Dear Lord, I give You all the praise and glory. Help me to break free from the selfishness in thought, word and deed that prevent me from reflecting your holiness. I pray for the light in my darkness that my life may reveal a story of great faith for others who may also find comfort in You.

I pray this in the name of Christ, who is the true light. Amen

May I pray for you?

The Prayer Journals is my personal spiritual journey in conjunction to writing my spiritual memoir. My posts in 2018 are a series of posts 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

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