I don’t use this blog as a personal diary and I don’t talk about the specifics of my life because that was not the purpose for starting this blog. I meant and still mean this to be a place where I can share my conversations and thought with God without it ever being about me. I intend to keep doing that, but right now I have a very specific prayer for a very specific person that I would like to share. My sister has cancer. She has been battling this for the last eight months. She has been through chemo and radiation therapy and the doctors were confident that it was gone. However in a recent followup they found there was still cancer there. She has an appointment soon and they will see if the cancer is contained to the place they have found it. If it is contained, they will be able to do surgery to remove it. If it has spread then they have told her that with chemo treatments, she will be able to live for two more years. My sister is a christian, but she is worried. Not so much for her, but for her daughter. She wants to see her daughter grow up. So the prayer I have offered below is a very personal, very heartfelt prayer. If anyone reads this, please pray for healing for her. Thank you.
When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
We know that You are the Creator. We know that You hold all of us in Your hands. Please have mercy on us. Please heal my sister.
Lord, she is in pain and she longs to be healed. Not for her own sake, but for the sake of her daughter. That she can see her daughter grow. To help keep her daughter on the path toward You.
We know that all things work together for the good of those that love You. We know that You want only the best for us and You love us.
Please use this opportunity to show the world that You still work miracles. Heal my sister and we will give all the glory to You Lord. We will praise Your name.
Jesus said that Lazarus became sick so Your Glory would be shown to the world. Please show Your Glory through this sickness also. Let this miracle be so that men will see Your love for us and Your power and mercy. In the end Lord, we accept Your will whatever that may be. We accept Your will because We know that Your love for us is boundless and we thank You for the gift of each day of life.
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Our society stresses learning and knowledge. New medicines, new computer apps, new inventions, all these things come from knowledge. They are important and they can make people’s lives better. They also can help someone make a lot of money, which of course is very prized in our society. Wisdom, on the other hand, is not a high priority. Sometimes people are so busy trying to figure out how to do something new, they don’t take the time to figure out whether or not it’s something that should be done. I have met many people that were very smart, but were not very wise. Knowledge takes work, but wisdom is harder. Wisdom comes from experience. Wisdom comes from God. As Christians, the pursuit of wisdom is an essential part of Christianity. Today spend time asking God to give you wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
Song of the Day: God of all my Days – Casting Crowns
Psalm 121:1-8 NIV
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Thank you for watching over me. I look around at the universe and I see the wonderful, beautiful complexity that You have created. The Maker of heaven and earth watches over me. Why should I be afraid? The All-Powerful Creator loves me. What problems can I have and what trials can I face that He cannot help me through? Lord, please comfort me and hold me and strengthen my faith as I walk through life beside You.
James 1:19-20 NIV
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Give me the wisdom to hold my tongue. I really need your help with being quiet and walking away when I get angry. Help me to keep everything in perspective; to not let the little irritations of life get to me. Remind me that there are many people who are having much worse days than I am. Fill me with Your joy so that anger will not have a foothold in my heart. Let your overwhelming love flow through me and outward to those around me so that when I do speak it is with love, Your love.
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One of the most asked questions in the history of mankind has to be: “What is my purpose in life?” If you do not believe in God, I’m not sure how you answer that question. I know that people who don’t believe in God can still be good people. They can decide to have a positive impact on this world. But to me it just seems so empty. To think that when we die, that’s it. It’s all over. How long will most of us really be remembered? I can’t tell you my great-great grandfather’s name and I certainly can’t tell you about anything he did. Maybe he was a good man, maybe not. I’m sure no one else knows any more about him than I do. So when I think about my purpose in this life, the answer has to be centered around God. Whatever God wants me to do is the purpose for my life and I will leave an impact on this world if I do God’s will.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Song of the day: Enough – Chris Tomlin
A friend of mine bought his son a personalized license plate that said CNTRLFRK – control freak. My friend was referring to the fact that his son is a baseball pitcher and he has good control of his pitches. His son did not appreciate the license plate, especially when the first person to notice it on his truck was his girlfriend’s mother. Admittedly my friend is kind of eccentric and he’s a baseball nut with the emphasis on nut. The point is my friend is really the control freak – not his son and we are all to some extent control freaks. We try to control as much of our lives as possible and it’s difficult when something happens that shows how little we really control. We can’t help but try to control our own lives. We are taught that if we work hard, we can change our circumstances to be what we want them to be. Giving up is something we are not taught to do. In fact, our culture teaches us just the opposite. Never give up. Never back down. Stand up for yourself. We celebrate winning. We celebrate victories. We don’t celebrate surrender. But this is exactly what Jesus asks us to do. I’m not saying we need to accept this world as it is. Part of why we are here is to help make this world a better place, but we do have to surrender our will for God’s. Accept the circumstances that God has put around us and find his will for us in those circumstances. I have found that I need to take it moment by moment almost and surrender each to God.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?
Song of the day: I Surrender – Hillsong
Ecclesiastes 4:1-16 NIV
Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun:I saw the tears of the oppressed— and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors—and they have no comforter. And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive. But better than both is the one who has never been born, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun. And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves. Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.
Help me to find one handful of tranquility. This is the Christmas season when we celebrate the Prince of Peace coming to Earth, but this is not a peaceful time. I think of all those around the world who have no peace. They live in war or disease or pain. Some of the pain is physical and some is mental, but it hurts the same. I want to be an agent of your peace. To spread tranquility and love and hope to others and I pray Lord that I will be able to do these things without thinking of my goodness or glory or praise from others for doing Your work. I want to be in the background and have no reward except the knowledge of a day’s work done well. Thank you for the small times of peace that I am granted. Help me to hold your peace in my heart that I might always feel You near.
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