40 Days of Lent–Reflections #4, A Series

On February 23, 2020, I invited all to join me for a “40 Days of Lent, 6-Week Daily Event”of fasting, prayer with a prayer journal reflection prompt beginning on Ash Wednesday on The Prayer Journals’ Facebook page.

Each day as I reflected on the daily Bible verse and prayer, journal reflection prompt, I asked the following questions:

“When I pray, am I prepared to be intensely focused on God’s point of view?” (Ephesians 5:16-17)

“Am I prepared for I prepared for God to perform with me everything in which He separated me?” (James 1:5)

“After He has done his work with me, am I prepared to separate myself from God just as Jesus did?” (Revelations 1:8)

“Have I made myself one with Jesus so that what controls Christ controls me too?” (Hebrews 4:11-13)

“Am I prepared for what this will cost me?” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

“Am I prepared to set myself apart from the Holy Spirit’s work in me?” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

40 DAYS OF LENT

Hosanna!

As I come to this day, Palm Sunday, I realize more than before the beginning of Lent that my faith is real, but it is not permanent. God has been pointing out to me that I am only interested in His blessings instead of God Himself. If I am to be prepared for God for what He wants of me, then I must water the seeds of the last 40 days reflections to cultivate a permanent faith. Until I have and know Jesus Christ truly as my Lord, my goals are my own and not the fruit of His evident blessings. His providential care is not only for me, but for those with whom He places with me – instructing me to share and grow in the light of His mercy and grace.

The Exchange

“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!”

Now, as Holy Week begins waving palm branches, I see the King of Peace. I will pray following in the steps of Jesus Christ to His crucifixion – carrying the cross. May I fully understand Christ’s anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane?  May I fully feel the lashes and scourging of Christ’s body, my sins that drew blood and agonizing pain that he endured all for my behalf? May I experience the weight of the cross so I may continue to grow a permanent faith made real in the death of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? God sacrificed His only Son so I would not have to feel the weight of my sin, but life everlasting through a ‘permanent’ faith in Him.

Do I see God at work in my circumstances?

“… The Lord is near. Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5-7 GW

Getting to know God

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God’s Blessings to You,

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Sheri

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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

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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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