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

guardian

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,

Head shot 2019 - revised

Sheri

Connect with The Prayer Journals

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrayerPrompts/
Twitter: @PrayerPrompts
Email: Hoot@TheBloggingOwl.com

© 2016-2019 All Rights Reserved

Prompting by the Holy Spirit

Am I good enough?

If God loves me then I must be good enough, right?

Do I insult God when I think otherwise?

What is He asking me to do?

If my purpose is to serve out His Will with my gifts, then why do I continually question my ability? Has He not already given me the ability?

Do I hurt God when I do otherwise?

I Will Harvest What I Plant

“The person who is taught God’s word should share all good things with his teacher. Make no mistake about this: You can never make a fool out of God. Whatever you plant is what you’ll harvest. If you plant in the soil of your corrupt nature, you will harvest destruction. But if you plant in the soil of your spiritual nature, you will harvest everlasting life. We can’t allow ourselves to get tired of living the right way. Certainly, each of us will receive everlasting life at the proper time, if we don’t give up. Whenever we have the opportunity, we must do what is good for everyone, especially for the family of believers.” Galatians 6:6-10 GW

I have been in the process of writing a spiritual memoir over the last few years. It should be completed, but it isn’t because I keep starting and stopping. The message is not mine, but His message. My story would not be possible without the Holy Spirit leading me out of my place of hurt that is deep and dark to a higher elevation of forgiveness and purpose. Yet here I am again, on my knees, in prayer battling my doubts and fear as a writer.

God is and has been my energy, strength, wisdom and creativity. Whatever the ongoing battle, this overwhelming challenge of desiring it to get it right, or this personal crisis that appears impossible to overcome – God is with me. I allow Him to work on me and through me and as I will continue to trust His plan for this specific purpose and in His perfect timing to bring it to fruition.

Fear and Faith

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing what God approves of. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, lie, and say all kinds of evil things about you because of me. Rejoice and be glad because you have a great reward in heaven! The prophets who lived before you were persecuted in these ways.” Matthew 5:10-12 GW

FAITH over fear

Why am I afraid of in telling my story?

How will lives be changed by sharing my testimony?

How can I be sure this project is His prompting and not my own?

The place where I go to find the strength is in my prayer journals. It is a place that reveals my new Christ-like personality. My responsibility is to put on and wear that Christ-like personality each day and every night, cloaking myself in His peace and protection to pursue his purpose for me. I know I will get this story right. My faith has shown me how to step out of my anger, my fear, and all my doubt for page after page in my prayer journals tell the story of my Lord and Savior’s faithfulness in my life.

Psalm 61:1-4 GW

“O God, you are my God.
At dawn I search for you.
My soul thirsts for you.
My body longs for you
in a dry, parched land where there is no water.
So, I look for you in the holy place to see your power and your glory. My lips will praise you because your mercy is better than life itself. So, I will thank you as long as I live. I will lift up my hands to pray in your name.”

Childhood Wounds

My Prayer

Dear Lord, I give you all the praise and glory for plucking me from my place of hurt and setting me on top of a place where I can share Your love and faithfulness through my gift of writing. Lord, you have put a burden on my heart, and I pray You will open a door for me to accomplish Your will. I am like Nehemiah praying in desperation to respond to this burden that seems beyond my abilities. You know everything about me. You know everything about my situation. I am not asking permission, nor refusing Your calling, but in faith, asking for the power to proceed with success of this mission.

Thank you for all my gifts. Thank you for all who pray for me in this effort. Thank you for showing me the way through and around all trials and errors to the path you have set for me to accomplish all through Jesus Christ, and in His 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,

Head shot 2019 - revised
Sheri

Connect with The Prayer Journals

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrayerPrompts/
Twitter: @PrayerPrompts
Email: Hoot@thebloggingowl.com

© 2016-2019 All Rights Reserved